We are delighted to be able to offer two plenary sessions by leading scholars in the application of corpus-based methods to different areas of language studies. Both talks will be livestreamed via Twitter.
Prof. Elena Semino: Corpus Linguistics and health communication: The case of chronic pain
Monday, 25th June 2018, 4.30-5.30pm
This lecture will demonstrate the use of corpus linguistic tools to carry out research on communication about chronic pain in healthcare settings. Pain is notoriously difficult to put into words, and this is well known to cause problems in diagnosis and treatment. Two studies will be introduced, respectively on (a) a language-based diagnostic questionnaire for pain, and (b) the use of visual images in specialist pain consultation. In both cases, the application of corpus tools leads to findings that are directly relevant to healthcare professionals who care for people with chronic pain.
Elena Semino is the Head of the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University and the Director of the Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), a leading research centre focusing on the development of corpus methods and their applications to different fields in Social Science, Arts and Humanities. Elena’s research interests are in stylistics, metaphor theory and analysis, and the medical humanities/health communication. To read more about her research, visit http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/linguistics/about-us/people/elena-semino
Prof. Jonathan Culpeper: Debunking myths about Shakespeare’s language with corpus methods
Wednesday, 27th June 2018, 4.45-5.45pm