By Sari Pietikäinen, FinlandAlexandra Jaffe, Long BeachHelen Kelly-Holmes, and Nikolas Coupland
Sociolinguistics from the Periphery "presents a fascinating book about change: shifting political, economic and cultural conditions; ephemeral, sometimes even seasonal, multilingualism; and altered imaginaries for minority and indigenous languages and their users."
Sprache des Schmerzes - Sprechen über Schmerzen [The Language of Pain – Talking about Pain. A Grammatic, Semantic and Coversational Analysis of Expressions of Pain in German]
Eine grammatisch-semantische und gesprächsanalytische Untersuchung von Schmerzausdrücken im Deutschen
The study analyses the linguistic means for expressing pain in German. Based on written and oral data, mainly from conversations between doctors and patients, the study analyses the grammatical constructions (e.g. "Ich habe Schmerzen" [I have pain] or "Mein Bein tut weh" [My leg hurts]) and develops the patterns deployed by patients with chronic pain to describe their pain in discourse. This interdisciplinary study is directed towards linguists, medics and non-experts with an interest in language; it combines methods from grammar, semantics and conversational analysis, and its results are read in the context of medical literature.