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10. Epistemic genres

From the book Science Communication

  • Thomas Gloning


The production, organization, dissemination and joint examination of “knowledge” is one of the central tasks of scientists. This complex of epistemic tasks is closely linked to the use of language and other communicative resources that are organized by epistemic genres. Genres are products of communicative evolution, their development is steered or guided by their respective functions and available media among other factors. Newer forms of scientific communication are characterized by an increasing use of digital tools and multimodal arrangements. Epistemic genres are tools that are used by scientists to produce, formulate, publish, and discuss their findings. In this article, the interrelation between scientific knowledge production, organization and transmission with communicative genres in the sciences is discussed from a linguistic perspective.

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