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The 3rd International E-Symposium on Communication in Health Care

"Advancing Frontiers of Health Communication Research, Education and Practice during the Pandemic"

Corpus approaches to health communication


Elena Semino


In this talk I show how Corpus Linguistics – the computer-aided study of large language datasets – can make a crucial contribution to healthcare research and practice. Drawing from a series of recent and current projects within the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science at Lancaster University, I show (a) why corpus linguistic methods are appropriate and needed in research on health(care) communication, (b) how they can be employed, and (c) what they can contribute in terms of research findings, practical applications, and methodological ‘bridge-making’ between quantitative and qualitative approaches in health research.

Bio note:

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, and metaphor theory and analysis.

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