Scientific discourse in sociohistorical context : the Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London, 1675-1975

Atkinson, Dwight

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  • Creator Dwight Atkinson
  • Format Books
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  • Publication Mahwah, N.J. : L. Erlbaum Associates, 1999.
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  • Physical Details
    • xxxi, 208 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9780805820850, 080582085X, 9780805820867, 0805820868
  • OCLC ocm39210121


  • "Scientific Discourse in Sociohistorical Context represents the intersection of knowledge and method, examined from the perspectives of three distinct disciplines: linguistics, rhetoric/composition, and history. Herein, Dwight Atkinson describes the written language and rhetoric of the Royal Society of London, based on his analysis of its affiliated journal, The Philosophical Transactions, starting with the 17th-century advent of modern empirical science and continuing through to the present day. Atkinson adopts two independent approaches to the analysis of written discourse from the fields of linguistics and rhetoric/composition, and then integrates and interprets his findings in light of the history of the Royal Society and British science." "The work presented here reinforces how deep historical examinations of linguistic and rhetorical practices have direct bearing on how and what scholars read and write now. Most significant, this volume demonstrates how these historical activities need to inform current teaching of and thinking about language."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-196) and indexes.


  • 1. Conceptual Framework -- 2. The Royal Society and Its Philosophical Transactions: A Brief Institutional History -- 3. Methods of Analysis and Description of Text Corpus -- 4. Rhetorical Analysis -- 5. Multidimensional Analysis -- 6. Synthesis and Discussion: Scientific Discourse and Scientific Forms of Life -- 7. Implications and Conclusions -- App. A. Contents of "Corpus B" -- App. B. Ranges of Variation for Overall MD Analysis -- App. C. Standard Deviations for Overall MD Analysis
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