Doctor–Patient Communication Research in a Digital World

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Within the last twenty years, large electronic corpora have become an invaluable resource for linguists of all kind of specializations. In an attempt to draw our attention to the significance of corpus linguistics for a sociolinguist and/or discourse analyst investigating English medical consultations, the paper outlines the history of corpus-linguistic practice in general, and then it proceeds to more specific corpora-related issues, focussing, among others, on the British National Corpus (BNC) and its informative and technological value for the analysis of doctor –patient communication.


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