Metaphor they heal by?

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The purpose of this paper is to analyze the role of figurative speechin Medical English paying special attention to the use of metaphorsin medical discourse. After briefly introducing the recentapproaches to the study of metaphors based on psycholinguistic andneurolinguistic theories, we propose a qualitative analysis ofselected medical texts with three aims: (1) at a lexical level, to findout how commonly doctors use metaphors to name pathologies, andto classify such metaphors in relation to their linguistic type; (2) ata psycholinguistic level, to investigate if metaphors, when used todenominate an illness, use metaphoric mappings; (3) at acommunicative level, to establish if doctors’ naming pathologiesare doctor- or patient-oriented.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospitePerspectives in Medical English
Numero di pagine22
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2014

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