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Advances in Medical Discourse Analysis: Oral and Written Contexts

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Maurizio Gotti and Françoise Salager-Meyer

The focus of this volume is on medical discourse, a domain of language which deserves closer scrutiny by academics as well as practitioners, due to its increasing relevance and pervasiveness in modern society. Despite the wealth of publications dealing with specialized or academic discourse and its rhetoric, few of these are devoted specifically to medical discourse. This book seeks to redress the balance by bringing together a number of studies that bear witness to the widespread interest in medical texts shown by linguists and professional communities around the world. The volume is divided into two main parts: the first targets medical discourse in its spoken dimension, while the second contains various analyses of written texts. The theoretical perspectives and individual case studies presented here reflect the wide range of methodological approaches and theoretical issues that characterise current research in the field.

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Notes on Contributors MARIA ANGELES ALCARAZ ARIZA holds a BA and an MA in English Studies and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Alicante (Spain). She is currently teaching English for Tourism and a graduate programme in the analysis of written scientific discourse at the University of Alicante. She has published several articles on the influence of English on medical Spanish and on the discoursal features of medical prose written in different languages. She is a member of the Multidisciplinary and Multilingual Research Group on Scientific Discourse Analysis. ELLEN BARTON is a Professor in the Linguistics Program at Wayne State University (Detroit, USA). Her research interests in medical communication include end-of-life discussions, recruitment to clinical research, the discourse of specialty medical encounters, and, most recently, the emergence of ethical principles and deliberation in situated interactions like those above. Her work appears in the journals Communication & Medicine, Qualitative Health Research, Discourse Studies, Discourse and Society, The Journal of Applied Linguistics, Narrative Inquiry, The Journal of Pragmatics, and Text. HUGO BOWLES is Associate Professor of English at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. His research interests and publications are in many areas of applied linguistics, including genre analysis and LSP, with a particular interest in legal and medical English. He is currently working on the application of conversation analysis to the study of specialist talk. SALLY CANDLIN is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Health at the University of Western Sydney, and Senior Research Fellow in...

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