Edited By Francisco Alonso Almeida, Laura Cruz García and Víctor González-Ruiz
Reflections on our astronomical undertaking: nominalizations and possessive structures in the "Coruña Corpus" (Iria Bello Viruega)
Iria Bello Viruega Reﬂections on our astronomical undertaking: nominalizations and possessive structures in the Coruña Corpus 1. Introduction This study covers the period from 1700 to 1900. In this time-span, sev- eral economic, technical and social changes affected the methodologies and approaches followed in science. This evolution had its effects on language, too. The situation of the language at the turn of the seven- teenth century was increasingly expanded to cover new aspects of life. At that time, English was struggling to become a respectable language for scientiﬁc use. The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries witnessed a constant dispute between empiricism and rationalism. The coexistence of the two schools implied not only a different way of doing science but also a different language use (Banks 2005: 350). As far as the eighteenth century is concerned, the Enlightenment is considered the most important historical, intellectual movement in Europe and America at that time. The Age of reason aimed at establish- ing an authoritative system that would manage to organize society and banish superstition and irrationality. The increase of industrial produc- tion contributed to the development of a type of science which searched to be applicable to situations of real life. Deduction and intuition were thus substituted by practical applications of scientiﬁc theories. Although the formal distinction between pure and applied sciences was not estab- lished until some time later, the eighteenth century was the turning point which marked the beginning of the applied branches of science. Applied sciences...
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