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Diachronic aspects of ESP

Abstract : Diachronic ESP is a relatively new field of research, and much of the work which might be included under this title does not use this term. This paper attempts to give an overview of the work available. Early contributions tended to be in the field of sociolinguistics. The work of Michael Halliday is particularly important, notably his studies of the relationship between nominalization and thematic progression. The work of Banks on the scientific research article follows on from that of Halliday, and looks specifically at the Philosophical Transactions, and compares it with the French Journal des Sçavans. Salager-Meyer has made a significant contribution in the area of interpersonal aspects of medical discourse. There has also been a small number of edited collections on the question of the development of scientific discourse. Some of the studies are multimodal in nature, dealing particularly with the uses of images in scientific text. The majority of studies in this area have been on scientific text, but there have been sporadic sorties into other genres. Diachronic ESP should provide a fruitful field for future research.
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David Banks. Diachronic aspects of ESP. ASp, la revue du GERAS, 2016, 69, pp.79-112. ⟨hal-02270746⟩



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