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The Language of Popularization- Die Sprache der Popularisierung

Theoretical and Descriptive Models- Theoretische und deskriptive Modelle


Edited By Giancarmine Bongo and Giuditta Caliendo

In today’s knowledge-based society, exploring the dynamics of communicating specialised contents to the lay public is an undoubtedly topical issue. However, popularization still remains a rather unexplored territory and recent contributions to the field seem to lack a consistent methodological orientation, with hesitations in terms of shared and codified definitions. The contributions to this volume constitute a step forward in the field of popularization studies. New scenarios have been explored with a view to providing shared theoretical and descriptive models from a linguistic perspective and investigating the way popularization is characterised and instantiated, also taking into account its intercultural dimension. The research methods and tools draw upon the analytical framework of discourse analysis, pragmatics, corpus linguistics and genre analysis.
In der heutigen Wissensgesellschaft sind die Mechanismen des Transfers von Fachwissen an Laien von großer Relevanz. Dennoch bleibt Popularisierung ein linguistisch noch relativ unbestimmtes und unerforschtes Phänomen. Ziel des Bandes ist deshalb, neue Perspektiven zu eröffnen und auf mögliche neue konsistente Modelle (sowohl theoretische als auch methodologische) hinzuweisen. Unterschiedliche Ansätze kommen dabei ins Spiel, u.a. Diskursanalyse, Rhetorik, Pragmatik, Korpuslinguistik und genre analysis.
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Popularization and dissemination of legal knowledge in EU Summaries of Directives on immigration and asylumo: Vanda Polese, Stefania D’Avanzo



“As a social science, law has its own specialised lexical and discourse conventions that have evolved with the history of that science” (Bedford 2005: 146). One of the crucial points of legal discourse is the presence of conventions and fixed rules, which may gradually change with the passing of time. However, some salient changes are undoubtedly due to the coming of new technologies and the aim to reach a wider audience.

The aim of this study is to investigate features of Summaries of EU legislation as forms of popularization. More particularly, our attention will be devoted to the semiotics of legal discourse reported on line, as this represents a source of legal information for everyone.

As a matter of fact, “The ‘Summaries of EU legislation’ website presents the main aspects of EU legislation in a concise, easy-to-read and unbiased manner. It forms part of the EUROPA portal, which is published by the EU institutions”1. Thus, a fundamental point in this study is to investigate to what extent online legal discourse becomes subject to features from other discourses when it goes through a channel for popularizing information. ← 191 | 192 →

Popularization is a controversial field which, like modality, appears to be rather slippery and fuzzy. It is therefore still in need of much further investigation as to the definition of its proper boundaries, its own linguistic markers, the ‘operationalization’ of control and power relations and the embedding of...

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