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The Dissemination of Contemporary Knowledge in English

Genres, Discourse Strategies and Professional Practices


Edited By Rita Salvi and Janet Bowker

This volume brings together a series of studies on the nature of the dissemination of specialist knowledge in English, its various principles, conceptualizations, constructs and pragmatic dynamics, over a range of discourse genres: knowledge discourse is addressed to a number of audiences, expert and lay, in a variety of fields, legal, political, economic, institutional, academic, organizational and professional. The authors explore the use of language in the creation and diffusion of knowledge, in its transformation from being a mere repository of information, achieved through complex discursive processes. These processes use both general pragma-linguistic textual resources, and also derive from the communicative practices specific to the discourse communities in question. The studies as a whole demonstrate the multi-levels of knowledge, its very varied typology, and its dynamic nature in ongoing co-construction, maintenance and updating among heterogeneous audiences.
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On the State of Public Health: Discourse and Sharing Practices in Annual Medical Reports


1. Introduction

This chapter explores the discursive strategies used to disseminate knowledge in a range of Annual Reports describing the incidence of diseases and communicating emerging threats to human health, as well as safe medical practice in the European network.

Since Victorian times, the interest of British experts and institutional bodies has been directed towards health knowledge and has developed authoritative scientific opinions through the release of informative documentation such as the Annual Reports by the Chief Medical Officer1 (henceforth CMO) on the state of public health.

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