LINGUIST List 27.2221

Mon May 16 2016

Qs: Textbook Question

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 03-Apr-2016
From: Richard Cameron <>
Subject: Textbook Question
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I am in the beginning stages of developing an undergraduate class focusing on issues of medicine and language.

Problem: I do not know of any textbook written for such a class. In other words, the audience is undergraduate students with little to no linguistic background but with an emerging interest in both linguistics and its application to such topics as medicine or law or education.

I would imagine something combining an undergrad intro to types of discourse analysis and then issues of language and medicine.

Any tips?

Yes, there is an enormous amount of research published on medical discourse from many different perspectives. Consider such books as:

Hamilton and Chou. 2014. The Routledge Handbook of Language and Health Communication. (Routledge)
Heritage and Maynard. 2006. Communication in Medical Care: interaction between primary care physicians and patients. (Cambridge U.)

Any suggestions? If so, I will re-post and share. Thank you for any tips.

- Richard Cameron

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

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