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Linguistic Approaches to Illness and Healthcare
I generally work at the intersections of language, mind and health(care), exploring mental/physical illness. Examining the language of patients, carers, healthcare professionals, journalists, poets, writers, etc. I focus on how they say what they say to understand what it means to be unwell today. I've worked specifically with metaphor, personal pronouns, negation, narratives and humour, investigating, among others, how: the ideologies of the UK hospice movement influence what health professionals consider a ‘good death’; the phenomenology of hallucinations differs from the straight-forwardly auditory perception of voices that others can also hear; humour can help people cope with cancer; the experience of depression is often characterized by physical pain and a split-self, along with emptiness and lethargy.
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