Alice in the Wonderland of Science: Intertextual Figures in Scientific Articles




Alice in Wonderland, Intertextuality, Language for Specific Purposes


Since numerous scientific and mathematical concepts can unsurprisingly be found in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the book itself has been a great source of inspiration for many scientists. This paper gives an overview of how Alice finds her way into scientific articles. More precisely, it discusses intertextual figures that refer to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in a corpus of 29 scientific articles from disciplines including psychology, medicine or astrophysics. Results show that intertextual figures tend to be more explicit in the field of physics and medicine than those found in the field of psychology. Crucially, observations show that intertextual figures found in the collected scientific articles serve different purposes depending on the discipline that makes use of them.

Author Biography

Charlène Meyers, Specialized Translation and Terminology Unit, FTI-EII, Université de Mons

Charlène Meyers is a translator and a PhD student at the University of Mons (FTI-EII) in Belgium where she received a Master’s degree in Translation in 2012 and a Specialized Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics in 2013. She is currently a research and teaching assistant in the Specialized Translation and Terminology Unit directed by Professor Christine Michaux. Meyers’ ongoing thesis is a contrastive study (French/English) of conceptual metaphors in astrophysics. Her research interests include cognitive linguistics, specialized translation and terminology


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How to Cite

Meyers, C. (2018). Alice in the Wonderland of Science: Intertextual Figures in Scientific Articles. English Studies at NBU, 4(1), 19–28.