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Does Science Need a Global Language?: English and the Future of Research

Does Science Need a Global Language?: English and the Future of Research (Hardback)

By Montgomery, Scott L.
Foreword by Crystal, David

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In early 2012, the global scientific community erupted with news that the elusive Higgs boson had likely been found, providing potent validation for the Standard Model of how the universe works. Scientists from more than one hundred countries contributed to this discovery--provin...g, beyond any doubt, that a new era in science had arrived, an era of multinationalism and cooperative reach. Globalization, the Internet, and digital technology all play a role in making this new era possible, but something more fundamental is also at work. In all scientific endeavors lies the ancient drive for sharing ideas and knowledge, and now this can be accomplished in a single tongue--English. But, is this a good thing?In Does Science Need a Global Language?, Scott L. Montgomery seeks to answer this question by investigating the phenomenon of global English in science, how and why it came about, the forms in which it appears, what advantages and disadvantages it brings, and what its future might be. He also examines the consequences of a global tongue, considering especially emerging and developing nations, where research is still at a relatively early stage and English is not yet firmly established. Throughout the book, he includes important insights from a broad range of perspectives in linguistics, history, education, geopolitics, and more. Each chapter includes revealing anecdotes from the front-line experiences of today's scientists, some of whom have struggled with the reality of global scientific English. He explores topics such as student mobility, publication trends, world Englishes, language endangerment, and second language learning, among many others. What he uncovers will challenge readers to rethink their assumptions about the direction of contemporary science, as well as its future.
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ISBN 9780226535036
Released NZ 15 Apr 2013
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Format Hardback
Availability
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ISBN-13 9780226535036
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; delivery usually 20-30 working days due to covid19 delays
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Imprint University of Chicago Press
Released 15 Apr 2013
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Montgomery, Scott L.
Foreword by Crystal, David
Category Semantics (Meaning)
Science: General Issues
Philosophy Of Science
Miscellaneous Items
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 161mm
Height: 236mm
Spine: 20mm
Dewey Code 501.4
Weight 462g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress English language - Social aspects, Science - Language
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade

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