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A computer-assisted study of the use of Violence metaphors for cancer and end of life by patients, family carers and health professionals

Demmen, Jane, Semino, Elena, Demjen, Zofia, Koller, Veronika, Hardie, Andrew, Rayson, Paul and Payne, Sheila (2015) A computer-assisted study of the use of Violence metaphors for cancer and end of life by patients, family carers and health professionals. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 20 (2). pp. 205-231. ISSN 1384-6655

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Abstract

This study combines quantitative semi-automated corpus methods with manual qualitative analysis to investigate the use of Violence metaphors for cancer and end of life in a 1,500,000-word corpus of data from three stakeholder groups in healthcare: patients, family carers and healthcare professionals. Violence metaphors in general, especially military metaphors, are conventionally used to talk about illness, particularly cancer. However, they have also been criticized for their potentially negative implications. The use of innovative methodology
enables us to undertake a more rigorous and systematic investigation of Violence metaphors than has previously been possible. Our findings show that patients, carers and professionals use a much wider set of Violence-related metaphors
than noted in previous studies, and that metaphor use varies between interview and online forum genres and amongst different stakeholder groups. Our study has implications for the computer-assisted study of metaphor, metaphor theory
and analysis more generally, and communication in healthcare settings.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Jane Demmen
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2015 10:38
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 04:35
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/25475

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