Shared Language-Jargon Dilemma


Our University-hosed wiki is about to be retired. This page, developed in Sept-Oct 2005 seemed work keeping. I’ve ported it here changing links to preserve the navigation. – np

Shared language

Most academic disciplines and other discourse communities develop context specific language. They use such specialized language to communicate complex ideas efficiently among members of the group. EE Kim uses the term SharedLangage to describe this concept of communication.

Jargon

Unfortunately, what is effective and efficient for established members of disciplines and discourse communities presents extreme challenges for students, novices and outsiders. Since students have not yet mastered the shared language, they may experience the shared language as jargon impeding their entry into the discipline.

E.E. Kim: Wikis resolve the dilemma

Kim suggests that the discourse communities can resolve the tension between jargon and shared language by using wikis to make the shared language more explicit: [[1]] Kim argues that wikis support the development of shared language in ways that Content Mangement Systems and standard websites do not. He urges writers to use automatic WikiWord linking to identify shared language and explain it.

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One Response

  1. […] Shared Language-Jargon Dilemma addresses the issue of learners entering a community of discourse. Building off EEKim’s post on the Essence of Wiki. In this article, Steve Spaeth develops some more thinking on the Janus-like relationship between jargon and shared language. The process of novices entering a community of discourse can be view as one of moving from jargon to shared language. […]

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