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The Science Review Article

Noguchi, Judy

The Science Review Article

An Opportune Genre in the Construction of Science

Series: Linguistic Insights - Volume 17

Year of Publication: 2006

Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2006. 274 pp.
ISBN 978-3-03910-426-0 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.390 kg, 0.860 lbs

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Book synopsis

This volume presents the science review article as an opportune genre for introducing rhetorical diversity into scientific communities. First, it discusses the theoretical issues involved in applying the notion of a discourse community to that of an international science discourse community and examines the practical issues faced by writers who must use a language system that is not their mother tongue in order to become active participants. The review article is argued to be important in shaping the views of scientific discourse communities. Next, based on specialist informant and linguistic findings, review articles are classified into four different types according to their focus: history, status quo, theory/model or issue. Finally, practical suggestions for teaching how to write a review article are offered based on a framework of Moves and Steps, which can be expanded to the teaching of other genres.


Contents: Discourse communities and scientific genres – The science review article and its place in the discourse community – Construction of knowledge – English for specific purposes – Genre analysis – Corpus linguistics.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Judy Noguchi teaches English for specific purposes (ESP) to university students in Japan. By combining ESP, genre analysis and corpus linguistics concepts, she continues to explore ways to maximize teaching and learning effectiveness. She has a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Hawaii, an M.Ed. in teaching English as a foreign language from Temple University Japan, and a Ph.D. in applied linguistics from the University of Birmingham.


«Noguchi's text is well organized, meticulously researched, and replete with authentic examples of nonnative English writing in the science review article genre. [...] Noguchi has done an enviable job making her book appealing while not watering down the hefty abstract concepts on which her study is based. [...] For researchers and instructors working with nonnative English speaking science professionals, this text is full of original insights, persuasive arguments and revealing examples that could inform their continuing research and teaching. For a wider English teaching audience, Noguchi still has much to offer as a writer and expert in her field.» (Nathaniel Carney, TESL-EJ)


Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 17
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