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ERIC Number: ED371599
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 16
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Synthesis in Science.
Horsella, Maria
This paper discusses various techniques that scientists and other professionals can use to keep current in their field despite the large amount of available information, such as consulting abstracts, indexes, reviews, and catalogues. It also examines specific language patterns that are used in the sciences to produce synthesis and abridgement, based upon a study of the language used in mathematics, chemistry, and electricity. Eight linguistic elements of synthesis (ES) were identified: (1) Complex Nominals, such as compound nouns; (2) Formulaic Expressions; (3) Nominalizations, which often refer to physical or mental processes; (4) Non-Finite Forms, such as participles and infinitives; (5) Prepositional Phrases; (6) Vocabulary 3, which refer to events, ideation/concept, and text; (7) Anaphor/Deixis, which refer to actions and entities; and (8) Ellipsis. The usage, frequency, and roles of ES are then examined. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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