Volume 11 is a special issue on the linguistic aspects of specialized knowledge domains.
The volume is guest-edited by Judith Turnbull and Silvia Cavalieri, “Sapienza” University of Rome. Papers selected for publication are currently under review.
Exploring the discursive creation of argumentation and ideology
in evolving specialized knowledge domains
“Argumentation” and “ideology” offer a useful grounding for discussions: while it is undeniable that a great many people have immediate access to an infinite amount of information, at all times, and from virtually anywhere, it is also true that the complex dynamics of change and adaptation, both material and psychological, are involved in its transformation into knowledge. What an audience or an individual considers “useful” or “useable” will depend on the value they ascribe to the knowledge available, in a process of “authentification”. This will be in accordance with their ideological makeup, understood in the very broad sense of the summation of beliefs, values and social positionings which underlie group behavior. By analyzing the linguistic and pragmatic indexicality of argumentation, on the other hand, we can identify the bids made by text producers to have their knowledge claims accepted as both “reasonable” and “right”.