Language, Corpus and Empowerment applies a novel corpus-driven approach to the exploration of the concept of empowerment in healthcare. The book proposes an innovative corpus-based methodology for finding evidence of empowerment in language use, using data from a video intervention delivered to families of deaf children, as well as assessing the effects of the intervention on the family.
Language, Corpus and Empowerment
- provides a working definition of empowerment which incorporates concepts from linguistics and learning theory;
- uses corpus analysis to provide evidence of how video interventions can transform people’s perspectives;
- examines this new methodology as a potential tool for analysing conversational data longitudinally and at a case-by-case level;
- demonstrates how a corpus-based methodological approach can be applied in conjunction with other language-based approaches, such as discourse analysis and conversation analysis, to explore the ways in which complex social processes occur in interaction;
- makes a valuable development in the assessment of the impact of healthcare interventions and the language of empowerment.
Insightful and ground-breaking, Language, Corpus and Empowerment is essential reading for anyone undertaking research within corpus linguistics.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Defining empowerment and finding evidence of it in language
Chapter 2 Assessing interventions for families of hearing impaired children
Chapter 3 Assessing the VIG intervention for evidence of empowerment
Chapter 4 Observations: Indicators of empowerment from the VIG intervention
Chapter 5 Further application of the empowerment model
Chapter 6 Discussion and concluding remarks
Luke Collins is a researcher with the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics (CRAL) at the University of Nottingham.