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25. Historical perspectives on internal scientific communication

Thomas Gloning


In this chapter I give a sketch on major perspectives of a history of scientific or scholarly communication. It includes the question how functional and epistemic needs in the history of different disciplines have steered the evolution of communicative means, for example in respect of scientific genres, forms of visualization, multimodality, the use of media and vocabulary/terminology. In addition, I deal with languages of science and the changing relations between overarching languages of science and the vernaculars. Further perspectives are briefly mentioned in a concluding section.

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