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Welcome to 1984! Orwell's nightmare is not yet our world, but no one who has read the appendix to 1984 can fa il to note how far we have moved toward Newspeak from the English of Orwell's time. One of his profound insights was that since thought rests on language, the range of people's thought can be narrowed by cutting their choice of words to a minimum. Newspeak had a separate vocabulary list of scientific and technical terms for each specialty, with only a few terms common across lists. Perhaps this year is an appropriate time to examine the language we use in writing research reports to see how well it reflects the range of our thought and how intelligible it is to readers outside our specialty.

Journal for Research in Mathematics Education


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