The Language of Pain

Expression or description?

| University of Athens
ISBN 9789027238962 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027292056 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
How is the universal, yet private and subjective, experience of pain talked about by different people in everyday encounters? What does the analysis of pain-related lexico-phraseological choices, grammatical structures, and linguistic metaphors reveal as to how pain is perceived and experienced? Are pain utterances primarily used to express or to describe this experiential domain? This is the first book that investigates such questions from both a functional and a cognitive perspective: it combines two converging usage-based theoretical models in a systematic linguistic inquiry of the construal of pain in everyday language. This work is based on a specialised electronic corpus of Greek naturally-occurring dialogues in a health care context, the underlying assumption being that in the absence of factual evidence intuition about language cannot reliably detect or predict patterns of usage. Comparing Greek with English data, this book significantly contributes to the development of this research field cross-linguistically.
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“Chryssoula Lascaratou’s book on pain language is a wonderful achievement. It synthesizes several different approaches in an attempt to understand the conceptual patterns underlying pain-related expressions in Greek. She is aware that no single approach can come to terms with the bewildering complexities of this universal phenomenon. She successfully integrates Halliday’s functional grammar with cognitive grammar and semantics, a bottom-up and a top-down methodology, and linguistics with philosophy. The result is a thorough, penetrating, and beautifully complex study of human suffering.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007026886 | Marc record