The simple present and the simple past in the scientific journal article: a diachronic perspective

Abstract : The functions of the simple present and the simple past are considered in a corpus of English scientific journal articles selected from the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, and covering the period 1700 - 1980. It is found that the past is used for experiments presented as narratives, but that other possibilities exist. The description of equipment is usually in the present, as are results and discussion. Intratextual references are always in the present but intertextual references are more complex. Mathematical sections, particularly important in twentieth century physics, are in the present. The uses of these verb forms mirror the changing context in which the texts were produced.
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David Banks. The simple present and the simple past in the scientific journal article: a diachronic perspective. ASp - La revue du GERAS, revue.org (en ligne) / Bordeaux : GERAS (imprimé), 2006, pp.119-135. ⟨10.4000/asp.726⟩. ⟨hal-00706215⟩

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