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Researching Language and Health
A Student Guide

  • Available for pre-order on June 19, 2023. Item will ship after July 10, 2023
ISBN 9780367896683
July 10, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages 13 Color & 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Researching Language and Health explores key topics in illness and healthcare contexts through multiple linguistic lenses.

This guide highlights key themes, guides readers through the design stages of research and the ethical considerations specific to linguistic health research, and brings methods and methodologies to life by demonstrating how these can be applied to specific issues in context. Covering a wide range of health conditions, healthcare contexts, and data types, with an emphasis on those most accessible to students and new researchers, the authors foreground the ‘so what?’ of research and the impact that linguistic studies can have.

Both a guide to key elements of the research process and a holistic view of research projects that have been successful, insightful, and impactful in different contexts, this is an essential text for advanced students and researchers in healthcare communication and applied linguistics.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Part I; 1. Introduction to Researching Language and Health; 2. Getting started with research: questions, data, methods; 3. Ethics in health and language research; Part II; 4. Agency, responsibility and risk in public health communication; 5. Literary representations of illness and public perceptions; 6. Negotiating relationships and identities in spoken healthcare interactions; 7. Digital technologies and health talk online; 8. Digital health communication and the lived experience of illness; Part III; 9. Medical advertising and medicalization – a multimodal critical discourse analysis; 10. Metaphors and Covid-19 in 2020; 11. Vaccination narratives in response to hesitancy online; 12. Authenticity and medical communication skills training; 13. Storytelling and affiliation amongst healthcare professionals; Index

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Zsófia Demjén is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at University College London. Her main research interests are language and discourses around illness, with recent projects focussing on depression, psychosis, cancer, and vaccinations. She uses a range of analytical tools including discourse, metaphor, narrative, and corpus analysis.

Sarah Atkins is a Teaching and Research Fellow at Aston University with research interests in language and communication in professional contexts. She has worked on a number of projects within healthcare and health education, with a focus on the practical relevance of findings for practitioners.

Elena Semino is Professor of Linguistics and Verbal Art in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University, and Director of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science. She specializes in health communication, medical humanities, corpus linguistics, stylistics, narratology and metaphor theory and analysis.