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  • Print publication year: 2021
  • Online publication date: June 2021

7 - The Way Ahead


Chapter 7 wraps up the main theoretical and methodological arguments raised in the previous chapters concerning the evolutionary nature of genres in order to set an agenda for future joint research on research genres and languages of science. Some final reflections on ecological diversity, the ‘multilingualisation of science’ and ways of managing language diversity in research communication will validate previous seminal conceptualisations of genre. In closing, the chapter will underline the need to deploy systematic and robust methodologies when conducting genre research, in the belief that this will give greater rigour to the outcomes of future enquiries into research genres across languages.