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An "Audience Effect" for Ecological Terminology: Use and Misuse of Jargon

Dean C. Adams, Mario S. Di Bitetti, Charles H. Janson, Lawrence B. Slobodkin and Nicole Valenzuela
Oikos
Vol. 80, No. 3 (Dec., 1997), pp. 632-636
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Nordic Society Oikos
DOI: 10.2307/3546641
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3546641
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Abstract

We shall demonstrate from examination of vocabulary in several different ecological journals that the terms used by ecologists are in part dictated by the expected audience. The same terms were used in different ways in these different journals. Such linguistic differences could cause serious ambiguity.

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