The stories scientists tell: narrative features in the scientific article of the late seventeenth and early twenty-first centuries

Abstract : The object of this paper is to see to what extent story-telling techniques are used in the scientific research article at two points in time: the late seventeenth century when the first scientific articles appeared, and the present day. For the late seventeenth century, the corpus consists of ten issues of the Philosophical Transactions from the period 1665 to 1694. Story-telling in these texts fulfils one of four functions: Framing, Observation, Experimental and 3rd Person. The present day corpus consists of eight articles from Series A and eight articles from Series B of the Proceedings of the Royal Society for the years 2015-2016. Story-telling in these texts again fulfils one of four functions: Niche, Preview, Experimental and Recap. Only the Experimental Function has survived over the period between the two subcorpora. Among other points of interest is the use of active voice in the Experimental Function of Series B articles, but not in Series A.
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David Banks. The stories scientists tell: narrative features in the scientific article of the late seventeenth and early twenty-first centuries. ASp, la revue du GERAS, 2016, 70, pp.27-47. ⟨hal-02270740⟩

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