Summary: Language Use Reflects Scientific Methodology:
A Corpus-Based Study of Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Department of Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology
10 W. 31st Street, Chicago, IL 60616, USA
Department of Science Teaching, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Givat Ram Campus, Jerusalem, ISRAEL
December 21, 2006
Recently, philosophers of science have argued that the epistemological requirements of different
scientific fields lead necessarily to differences in scientific method. In this paper, we examine possible
variation in how language is used in peer-reviewed journal articles from various fields to see if features of
such variation may help to elucidate and support claims of methodological variation among the sciences.
We hypothesize that significant methodological differences will be reflected in related differences in
scientists' language style.
This paper reports a corpus-based study of peer-reviewed articles from twelve separate journals in