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

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Title: Titles are "serious stuff": a historical study of academic titles
Authors: Salager-Meyer, Françoise | Alcaraz Ariza, María Ángeles
Research Group/s: Inglés Profesional y Académico (IPA)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Filología Inglesa
Keywords: English | Medicine | Case reports | Titles | Diachronic analysis
Knowledge Area: Filología Inglesa
Issue Date: May-2013
Publisher: University of Rijeka. Department of Social Sciences and Medical Humanities
Citation: JAHR. 2013, 4(7): 257-271
Abstract: 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.
Sponsor: 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)
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://hrcak.srce.hr/index.php?show=clanak&id_clanak_jezik=162614&lang=en
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