Titles are "serious stuff": a historical study of academic titles

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Títol: Titles are "serious stuff": a historical study of academic titles
Autors: Salager-Meyer, Françoise | Alcaraz Ariza, María Ángeles
Grups d'investigació o GITE: Inglés Profesional y Académico (IPA)
Centre, Departament o Servei: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Filología Inglesa
Paraules clau: English | Medicine | Case reports | Titles | Diachronic analysis
Àrees de coneixement: Filología Inglesa
Data de publicació: de maig-2013
Editor: University of Rijeka. Department of Social Sciences and Medical Humanities
Citació bibliogràfica: JAHR. 2013, 4(7): 257-271
Resum: In this paper we carried out a diachronic analysis (1840-2009) of a corpus of 180 medical case report titles drawn from the British Medical Journal. We analyzed a series of quantitative variables (number of authors and their institutional affiliation, title length, and punctuation/grammatical data) and qualitative variables (authors’ collaboration and types of titles). The results of our research show various shifts over the period studied that could be attributed to the following factors: 1) the progressive professionalization of medicine; 2) the need of disciplinary teams to conduct an ever-increasing complex research; and 3) the increased specialization and the growing complexity of medical science. The only variable that has remained constant over the years is the nominal nature of case report titles. It could then be stated that case report titles would distinguish themselves from research article titles, which are being characterized by a certain tendency towards verbalization.
Patrocinadors: This paper forms part of a wider research that is supported by Grant M-976-09-06A from the Scientific, Technological, Humanistic and Artistic Research Center (CDCHT) from the University of The Andes, Mérida, Venezuela.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/35747
ISSN: 1847-6376 (Print) | 1848-7874 (Online)
Idioma: eng
Tipus: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Revisió científica: si
Versió de l'editor: http://hrcak.srce.hr/index.php?show=clanak&id_clanak_jezik=162614&lang=en
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