Language, Corpus and Empowerment: Applications to deaf education, healthcare and online discourses, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Language, Corpus and Empowerment

Applications to deaf education, healthcare and online discourses, 1st Edition

By Luke Collins


262 pages

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Language, Corpus and Empowerment applies a novel corpus-driven approach to the exploration of the concept of empowerment in healthcare. The book proposes an innovative corpus-based methodology for finding evidence of empowerment in language use, using data from a video intervention delivered to families of deaf children, as well as assessing the effects of the intervention on the family.

Language, Corpus and Empowerment

  • provides a working definition of empowerment which incorporates concepts from linguistics and learning theory;
  • uses corpus analysis to provide evidence of how video interventions can transform people’s perspectives;
  • examines this new methodology as a potential tool for analysing conversational data longitudinally and at a case-by-case level;
  • demonstrates how a corpus-based methodological approach can be applied in conjunction with other language-based approaches, such as discourse analysis and conversation analysis, to explore the ways in which complex social processes occur in interaction;
  • makes a valuable development in the assessment of the impact of healthcare interventions and the language of empowerment.

Insightful and ground-breaking, Language, Corpus and Empowerment is essential reading for anyone undertaking research within corpus linguistics.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Defining empowerment and finding evidence of it in language

Chapter 2 Assessing interventions for families of hearing impaired children

Chapter 3 Assessing the VIG intervention for evidence of empowerment

Chapter 4 Observations: Indicators of empowerment from the VIG intervention

Chapter 5 Further application of the empowerment model

Chapter 6 Discussion and concluding remarks



About the Author

Luke Collins is a researcher with the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics (CRAL) at the University of Nottingham.

About the Series

Routledge Applied Corpus Linguistics

The Routledge Applied Corpus Linguistics Series is a series of monograph studies exhibiting cutting-edge research in the field of corpus linguistics.

Corpus linguistics is one of the most dynamic and rapidly developing areas of the field of language studies and it is difficult to see a future for empirical language research where results are not replicable by reference to corpus data. The aim of the series is to showcase the latest research in the field of applied language studies where corpus findings are at the forefront of the research.

This series was co-founded by Ronald Carter (1947-2018).

If you are interested in contributing to this series, please contact the Series Editors, Michael McCarthy and Anne O’Keeffe (


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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General