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Final PhD seminar: Judy Ribeck – Content-specific language in natural science taken into account

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In my thesis I investigate textbooks in natural science used in the Swedish secondary and upper school with regards to traditional readability measurements, e.g. lix, ovix and nominal-ratio. In addition, I extract typical vocabulary, nominal phrases and syntactic structures according to a proposed quantitative method, based on linguistic features, labelled "the index principle". This method assures the variables being frequently used within a wide range and with an even distribution. The variables selected are also typical to the specific text type in question, i.e. textbooks, in relation to their occurrences in reference corpora, such as textbooks in social sciences and mathematics, and narrative and academic texts.

The result shows that textbooks in natural science contain a lot of content-specific, technical, vocabulary, separated from every day language. It is also highly nominal with most complexity lying within nominal phrases. The textbooks language at large shows a relatively low complexity in proportion to academic language. In the transition between secondary and upper secondary school, the texts score higher in almost every readability measure, indicating an increase in linguistic demands from the readers.

Examiner: Kristina Nilsson Björkenstam, Stockholm university

Date: 2015-05-04 15:15 - 18:00

Location: G312, Renströmsgatan 6

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