Tretyakova T.P. Determinants of Modern Scientific Discourse in the Context of “Socialization” of Knowledge

Tatyana P. Tretyakova

Doctor of Sciences (Philology), Professor, Department of English Philology and Translation Studies, St. Petersburg State University

Universitetskaya Emb., 11, 199034 Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Abstract. The aim of the article is to disclose some general trends in scientific discourse studies that have emerged by the second decade of the 21 st century, to characterize scientific discourse as a means of promoting knowledge, and to consider its contribution to public communication. The notion of scientific discourse incorporates both conventional (scientific articles, reviews, theses, dissertation abstracts) and modern forms of discourse (online academic conferences, symposia, colloquiums, seminars). The research is viewed in the article as a result of scientists' social activity targeted at new knowledge discovery and broadcasting, whilst the scientific text is defined in terms of verbal representation of the research results in a par with new knowledge transmission. Two types of determinants are introduced to regulate the model of scientific text composition – internal and external. The internal determinant is represented by discursive structures, which promote knowledge in scientific text as the element of scientific communication, while the external dominant is represented by extralinguistic factors, which provide the promotion of scientific discourse outside the professional community (socializing). Воth kinds of determinants provide the interpretation of the scientific discourse as open systems. An assumption is made on the increasing role of external determinant in discursive extension of modern scientific text by means of the Internet; the addressee factor wider representation and scientific knowledge inclusion into cross-cultural communication.

Key words: scientific discourse, adaptive system, determinant, modeling, knowledge formation procedure, argumentation.

Citation. Tretyakova T.P. Determinants of Modern Scientific Discourse in the Context of "Socialization" of Knowledge. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 2. Yazykoznanie [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. Linguistics], 2021, vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 97-107. (in Russian). DOI:

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