Medical Writing in Early Modern English

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Irma Taavitsainen, Päivi Pahta
Cambridge University Press, 3 feb 2011
Medical writing tells us a great deal about how the language of science has developed in constructing and communicating knowledge in English. This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700. The book presents results from large-scale empirical research on the new materials and provides a more detailed and diversified picture of domain-specific developments than any previous book. Three introductory chapters provide the sociohistorical, disciplinary and textual frame for nine empirical studies, which address a range of key issues in a wide variety of medical genres from fresh angles. The book is useful for researchers and students within several fields, including the development of special languages, genre and register analysis, (historical) corpus linguistics, historical pragmatics, and medical and cultural history.
 

Sommario

1 An interdisciplinary approach to medical writing in Early Modern English
1
2 Medical texts in 15001700 and the corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts
9
3 Medical literacies and medical culture in early modern England
30
4 Verbs of knowing
44
5 Defining in Early Modern English medical texts
74
6 Dissemination and appropriation of medical knowledge
94
7 Codeswitching in Early Modern English medical writing
115
8 New arguments for new audiences
135
11 The development of specialized discourse in the Philosophical Transactions
204
12 The expression of stance in early 16651712 publications of the Philosophical Transactions and other contemporary medic
221
Appendix A Raw data tables corresponding to Figures 43414
248
Appendix B Raw data tables corresponding to Figures 8184
252
Appendix C Stance markers used in the analysis in Chapter 12
255
Appendix D Preliminary list of texts in the corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts EMEMT
258
Bibliography
264
Index
294

9 Efficacy phrases in Early Modern English medical recipes
158
10 Medical pamphlets
180

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Irma Taavitsainen is Professor of English Philology in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Helsinki.

Päivi Pahta is Professor of English Philology in the School of Modern Languages and Translation Studies at the University of Tampere.

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