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Of Towers, Walls, and Fields: Perspectives on Language in Science

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Science  27 Feb 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5662, pp. 1333-1335
DOI: 10.1126/science.1095204

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Language in science is in the midst of change and appears dominated by two contradictory trends. Globalization of scientific English seems to promise greater international unity, while growth of field-specific jargon suggests communicational diaspora. Real in part, each trend is complex and multileveled, and includes elements of convergence and divergence, along with important implications for the present and future of technical knowledge.

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