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ERIC Number: ED149289
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Lexical, Syntactic and Semantic Characteristics of the Language of Science.
Eisenberg, Anne
Scientific discourse is difficult to read because of its lexical, syntactic, semantic, and logical features. This paper discusses each of those features, giving special attention to syntax, and suggests ways in which discourse analysis can be used to teach content reading in sciences and to rewrite scientific text for instructional purposes. Some of the features of scientific language that can be manipulated for improved readability or that reading teachers can discuss with students to improve reading comprehension are the extensive use of passive voice, compression of abstract ideas in text without concrete examples, causal chaining, anaphora, implicit repetition, and nominalized assertions. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (27th, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 1-3, 1977)