28.02.2019

Ylönen: Oral Discourse In Scientific Research

This chapter discusses the role and characteristics of oral discourse in scientific research, with “scientific” understood in a broad sense, covering any discipline of research. After introducing corpora of oral academic discourse, genre-specific characteristics of PhD defences, research group meetings, colloquia, and conference presentations are discussed from a discoursal point of view. In scientific research, oral discourse plays a fundamental role in the social construction of knowledge. Its analysis offers valuable insights into the sociology of scientific communities.

Sabine Ylönen (2018). Oral Discourse In Scientific Research. In John Humbley, Gerhard Budin, Christer Laurén (Eds.), Languages for Special Purposes: An International Handbook (pp. 364–380). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter.