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Title: Medical and Scientific Writing in Late Medieval English
Edited By: Irma Taavitsainen
Päivi Pahta
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/9780521831338
Series Title: Studies in English Language
Description:

Medical and scientific writing in English has evolved over more than a millennium, from its genesis in the Anglo-Saxon era to its present-day position as the 'lingua franca' of science. This volume focuses on its development as a genre in late medieval English. During this period it emerged in the vernacular, as its Graeco-Roman conventions were modified in a new socio-historical context. Seven experts discuss the various linguistic and textual processes involved in vernacularising science, and how they related to communicative practices and to the writers and readers of medical and scientific texts. Referring to authentic medieval texts, they show how discourse communities adopted scriptorial 'house-styles', how vocabulary and code-switching patterns reflect the multilingual context of the period, and how intertextuality featured between shared materials. Bringing together several perspectives on this new research area for the first time, this book will be welcomed by linguists and historians of science alike.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
Language Family(ies): New English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521831334
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 302
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