Popular science: A new genre within academic writing?
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TitlePopular science: A new genre within academic writing?
Tutor/SupervisorBellés Fortuño, Begoña; Universitat Jaume I. Departament d'Estudis Anglesos
PublisherUniversitat Jaume I
The objective of academic writing is the presentation of new knowledge via (a) a review of what is currently known about a given topic as (b) the foundation for the author's new views or perspectives on the topic' ... [+]
The objective of academic writing is the presentation of new knowledge via (a) a review of what is currently known about a given topic as (b) the foundation for the author's new views or perspectives on the topic' (Hopkins 2014: 1). But, how can we clarify which is the best medium to spread that knowledge? Are Research Articles the only valid way of exposing our information? In this paper I present some insights into what is generally considered academic writing and its different genres. In the same line, I will present Popular Science as a fresh and quite useful tool to disseminate knowledge outside the academy, which could be taken into consideration as an emerging genre within academic writing. To do so, I have analyzed a corpus of four articles dealing with the humanities and social sciences disciplines. Two of them are Research Articles (RA), one from the Electronic Journal of History, published by the University of Cork and another one from the prestigious electronic data-base ScienceDirect. The other two pieces of writing are Popular Science articles, extracted from the very well-known web pages History and National Geographic, respectively. The focus of my analysis is on contrasting some linguistic features from both genres, such as the use of (1) passive constructions and (2) the use of discourse markers, aiming to show how the recurrent number of instances of both linguistic traits usually results in a much more complex text. This complexity might limit the spread of knowledge, discouraging some readers from approaching new information. Given the new habits of reading aroused by many different factors such as the current overflow of information and the appearance of electronic devices, a shift in the way we look for information has been produced, and Popular Science seems more oriented and adapted to this new forms of searching for new knowledge. [-]
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