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Online Lecture

Linguistic explorations of voice-hearing

Dr. Zsófia Demjén (Centre for Applied Linguistics, University College London)

Dienstag, 18. Mai 2021

17:00 Uhr


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Voice-hearing involves the perception of verbal content in the absence of an appropriate external stimulus and is a characteristic symptom of schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. While voices can be profoundly distressing, a sizable minority of clinical populations cope well with these experiences. This is because distress depends not on the presence of voices, but on: what the voices say, and how; the relationship that voice-hearers establish with their voices; their perceived control over the voices; and ultimately their ability to live the life they want to live.

In this talk, I outline some contributions and insights that can be gained in relation to some of these factors via linguistic analysis. Specifically, I apply the linguistic lenses of ‘personification’ or ‘characterization’ in stylistics, and im/politeness in pragmatics, to shed new light on the relationship that voice-hearers establish with their voices and their perceived control over the voices.


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Zsófia Demjén is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Centre for Applied Linguistics, UCL.
Her expertise is in discourse and corpus approaches to understanding illness. Recent projects have focused on: the ideologies of the UK hospice movement and its impact on what counts as a ‘good death’; the phenomenology of auditory verbal hallucinations; how humour and metaphor can help people cope
with cancer.






Veranstaltet von

Projekt MedCorpInn - Retrospective Intersectional Corpuslinguistic Analysis of Radiology Reports of Innsbruck Medical University, funded by ÖAW Go!digital next Generation www.medizinwort.at

Vortragsreihe LANGUAGE & HEALTH



Karoline Irschara, MA (Institut für Sprachwissenschaft)


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