1st Edition

Corpus Linguistics for Health Communication A Guide for Research

By Gavin Brookes, Luke C. Collins Copyright 2024
    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    Corpus Linguistics for Health Communication provides an accessible and practical introduction to the use of corpus linguistics methods to analyse health-related language use across various contexts and genres. Offering a critical review of the field, discussion of extended case studies, and practical exercises based on spoken, written, and digital language data, this book:

    • introduces the fields of health communication and corpus linguistics and critically reviews cutting-edge studies in the burgeoning area of corpus-based health communication;
    • describes the processes involved in planning a corpus linguistics study of health communication, including designing and building a corpus, selecting tools, and implementing techniques of analysis;
    • demonstrates how corpus linguistics methods can – and have – been applied to the study of spoken, written, and digital health communication, offering critical reflections and suggesting areas for future development.

    Corpus Linguistics for Health Communication is essential reading for those working at the interface of corpus linguistics and health communication. Both those with a little or a lot of experience in either field will find value in its pages.

    Chapter 1: Introducing health communication and corpus linguistics; Chapter 2: Designing and building a corpus; Chapter 3: Analysing a corpus; Chapter 4: Spoken health communication; Chapter 5: Written health communication; Chapter 6: Digital health communication; Chapter 7: Conclusion


    Gavin Brookes is a Reader in Linguistics at Lancaster University, UK.

    Luke Curtis Collins is a Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University, UK.

    Corpus Linguistics for Health Communication: A Guide for Research is a highly informative and accessible introduction to health communication and corpus linguistics. The book is both practically and theoretically focused, covering a refreshingly wide range of health communication genres, including spoken, written, and digital health discourse. The book teems with fascinating insights into health language. I will be recommending it to all my students.” Kevin Harvey, University of Nottingham (UK) 


    Corpus Linguistics for Health Communication: A Guide for Research provides essential reading for new researchers, allowing them to sample studies applying corpus methods to a wide range of discourse domains. Yet with its in-depth and critical coverage of both corpus linguistics and health care communication, it is also sure to be useful for more seasoned researchers in these areas too.” Shelley StaplesUniversity of Arizona (USA)