Language Fun: English-Zone.Com Fun English Language Pages has an entertaining page called Research Paper Translations which suggests provides a humorous take on what the language of scientific research papers really means.  

While funny, it’s worth showing to students who are learning to write for a scientific audience.  A few are no doubt true.  For example, they suggest that “It is believed” is best translated as “I think.”  If there are no citations of sources that agree with the statement, then “It is believed” is not an improvement over “I think.”  It is merely speculation.

You can find the link here.  

English-Zone.Com Fun English Language Pages.

Those who are working in the K-12 system are forewarned about the reference to spilled beer.


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Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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