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The Language of Science by Carol Reeves

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Understanding the rhetorical in science

We have discussed in earlier units the qualities of language that make a piece of writing seem ‘scientific’. These are what we might call the ‘global’ features of scientific language, the base lexical and linguistic elements that have developed over many years within scientific communities. When scientists employ these features in their writing, they are participating in the tradition of scientific discourse.

This tradition ensures that scientific communication is recognizable as scientific rather than poetic or political communication. Yet it does not ensure that all scientific communication is exactly ...

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