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From Motion to Emotion

Aspects of Physical and Cultural Embodiment in Language

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Edited By Marek Kuźniak, Bożena Rozwadowska and Michał Szawerna

This volume has its origins in an international conference on emotions organized by the Polish Association for the Study of English and held at the University of Wrocław in April 2015. In the course of the conference, it became clear that emotions are productively explored with relation to motion for the reason that emotion(s) and motion(s) constitute profoundly intertwined dimensions of physical and cultural embodiment reflected in language. The relationship between motion(s) and emotion(s) became the underlying theme of this volume, which comprises nineteen contributions presenting exploratory and applicative accounts of (e)motion(s) situated in topical research areas of linguistic theory, second language acquisition, and translation studies.

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Literary elements and emotions in specialised medical publications

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Abstract: This article addresses the presence of literary elements in specialised medical text and their potential to emphasise emotions. Although the aim of scientific publications is to objectively present new knowledge in the form of research results and their discussion, there are also genres which feature the patient’s or doctor’s subjective perspectives. In the article, particular examples of texts derived from specialised medical journals will be demonstrated, i.e., case reports and narratives, which adopt these different viewpoints by means of literary elements. It will be shown how these different perspectives may complement medical knowledge presented in professional literature, which also demonstrates a significant step in the evolution of one of the two genres analysed (i.e., the medical case report) in particular as well as in medical knowledge transmission in general. Additionally, the literary elements discussed will exemplify how medical authors are able to successfully adapt the genre of the case report to their needs through the introduction of other generic elements which allow them to focus on the emotional character of these texts.

Keywords: case report, narrative, perspective, patient, doctor

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