LINGUIST List 26.582

Tue Jan 27 2015

Confs: Socioling, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Applied Ling/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 27-Jan-2015
From: Franziska Thurnherr <>
Subject: Language and Health Online: Typing Yourself Healthy
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Language and Health Online: Typing Yourself Healthy

Date: 15-Apr-2016 - 16-Apr-2016
Location: Basel, Switzerland
Contact: Miriam Locher
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

In the last decades the Internet has evolved to become an important source of information for health concerns. There are many professional information sites, peer-support sites for patients, mailing lists, online counselling services, and so on. In these contexts, language plays a central role in how health issues are communicated and how health-related activities such as shared decision-making, collaboration, or persuasion, are carried out. Internet users are encouraged to type themselves healthy through language with the help of peers or professionals.

Covering a broad range from mental and medical health issues to healthy life style concerns, the symposium aims to explore how language is used in e-health practices:

- To construct the patient-doctor/client-therapist relationship
- To persuade users of healthy lifestyle changes
- To give support among peers (e.g. in online support groups)
- To establish trust in peer-to-peer and in professional-lay contexts
- To create expertise by lay people and professionals
- To talk about specific illnesses and health risks
- To adapt content and language for target groups (kids, teenagers, adults, particular conditions, etc.)

Invited Keynote Speakers:

Nelya Koteyko, Queen Mary University London (confirmed)
Wyke Stommel, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (confirmed)
Elizabeth Sillence, Northumbria University Newcastle (confirmed)

The symposium provides a platform for researchers and practitioners from different disciplines such as linguistics, psychology and anthropology, as well as the public to share findings and insights concerning e-health communication. By engaging in a dialogue with researchers from different fields we work towards a better understanding of e-health practices overall, which can be of use and interest to health practitioners as well. This symposium is going to be the endpoint of the SNF-funded research project “Language and Health Online” (NGK1912).

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