Languages for Special Purposes as Instruments for Communicating Knowledge

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  • Peter Kastberg, Institut for Kultur og Globale Studier. Aalborg Universitet, Denmark

This article develops and proposes a conceptualization of Languages for Special Purposes as instruments for communicating knowledge. As such it is a theoretical contribution to an ongoing debate as to the nature of Languages for Special Purposes. As such the topics presented and discussed in this article are derived from a history of formative ideas within Languages for Special Purposes research. In terms of the specific arguments put forward in this article they are centered on discussions of instrumentality, specialized knowledge and communication theory respectively. These discussions pave the way for an appreciation of the knowledge communicative potential of Languages for Special Purposes. Following this, the article synthesizes the insights gained through these discussions into a theoretically informed stand as to ‘how’ we may conceptualize Languages for Special Purposes in their capacity as instruments for communicating knowledge. The article ends by pointing to ‘what’ such a conceptualization may allow us to see in terms of a novel research agenda.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguages for Special Purposes : An International Handbook
EditorsJohn Humbley, Gerhard Budin, Christer Laurén
Number of pages19
PublisherMouton de Gruyter
Publication year2018
ISBN (print)978-3-11-022801-4
ISBN (Electronic)9783110228014
Publication statusPublished - 2018
SeriesDe Gruyter Reference

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