This book "fills the unquestionable need for a comprehensive and up-to-date handbook on the fast-developing field of pragmatics" and "includes contributions from many of the principal figures in a wide variety of fields of pragmatic research as well as some up-and-coming pragmatists."
Die allmähliche Verfertigung der Diagnose im Reden [The Gradual Emergence of a Diagnosis in Discourse: Pre-Diagnostic Statements in Doctor-Patient Interaction]
Prädiagnostische Mitteilungen im Gespräch zwischen Arzt und Patient
How doctors arrive at a diagnosis while talking to patients has hardly been studied. This book analyses the content of doctors' statements uttered before the actual diagnosis as well as their linguistic and interactional features andrespective cognitive processes. Prediagnostic statements include the patient in the process of finding a diagnosis but can also aim atguiding the patients' expectations and creating trust.