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.