Event Information:

  • Fri

    Workshop on ‘Corpus Approaches to Health Communication’

    ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), Lancaster University

    Communication about health and illness is both an opportunity and a challenge: successful communication can positively contribute to diagnosis, treatment and wellbeing; unsuccessful communication can hinder diagnosis and treatment, and cause or increase distress and anxiety.

    It is therefore no surprise that communication skills are increasingly part of medical training, and that there has recently been a surge of interest in the study of language and interaction in healthcare settings, for example in the areas of ‘medical humanities’, ‘health humanities’ and ‘narrative medicine’. Patients and carers also increasingly use online resources and online fora to obtain information and to interact with people who share similar experiences. This has considerably increased the amount of data available for analysis.

    The use of corpus-based methods in studying different aspects of health communication has also developed in recent years. The application of these methods has the potential to increase understanding of the experiences of patients, carers and health professionals, and to help tackle some of the communicative issues faced by members of all three groups.
    This free workshop provides an overview of the state of the art in corpus approaches to health communication. The four morning lectures will introduce four different corpusbased projects in different areas of health communication. The three afternoon workshops will provide the opportunity to practise the use of different corpus tools for the analysis of participants’ own data, or of data provided by the organisers.

    We welcome participants from all academic and practice backgrounds. Familiarity with corpus linguistic methods is not a requirement.

    Places are limited, and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Please register online by clicking here: