Linguistics, University of Nottingham
1 Discourse is a very loaded term that is used differently according to the context. Here, I define a discourse as a particular stance towards the world, which is reflected in the type of language and images used to represent people and events. Some perspectives will inevitably be foregrounded in a discourse while others are excluded.
Although we all have unique personalities and experiences that influence how we perceive things, discourses act like a cognitive kind of window, as they influence how we see people and events (Pan and Kosicki, 1993: 58-9). In doing so, discourses not only reflect and reproduce, but actually shape social processes, such as the treatment of people with dementia.
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Pan, Z. and Kosicki, G. M. (1993). ‘Framing Analysis: An Approach to News Discourse’, Political Communication 10: 55-75.
Putland, E. (2020). Reading Relationships, Worlds and Reality: A Multimodal Analysis of LEGO® City and LEGO® Friends’ Homepages. Gender & Language 14(1) 73-98. Available at: https://journals.equinoxpub.com/GL/article/viewFile/37861/pdf. DOI: 10.1558/genl.37861
Brookes, G., Putland, E. and Harvey, K. (2021). ‘Multimodality: Examining Visual Representations of Dementia in Public Health Discourse’. In D. Hunt and G. Brookes (eds.) Analysing Health Communication: Discourse Approaches. London: Palgrave, pp. 241-269. Available at: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030681838
Putland, E. (2021). Linguistics to Health: Diverse Methods and Contexts. Review of Zsófia Demjen (ed.) Applying Linguistics in Illness and Healthcare Contexts: Contemporary Applied Linguistics (2020). ESP Today: Journal of English for Specific Purposes at Tertiary Level 9(1) 175-180. Available at: http://www.esptodayjournal.org/pdf/january_2021/book_review/1_Emma_Putland.pdf
Putland, E. (2018). Representing dementia. Dementia Day to Day. Available at: https://idea.nottingham.ac.uk/blogs/posts/representing-dementia
Putland, E. (2019). After the PhD: Writing, Funding and Precarity. UoN Blogs: Nottingham Health Humanities: Early Bird Researcher Group. Available at: https://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/healthhumanities/2019/10/01/after-the-phd-writing-funding-and-precarity/
Putland, E. (2019). New Perspectives: for Mrs Mounter and people living with dementia. In N. Grace (ed.) New Perspectives 2019: Harold Gilman Beyond Camden Town [Zine], pp. 14-18. Available at:New Perspectives 2019 Zine.pdf
'Brains, relationships and floating leaves. The implications of visual metaphors for dementia'. The Institute of Mental Health Research Day 2021. (University of Nottingham, online, 18/05/21).
'‘Meaningful’ or ‘hopeless’? Exploring how people with lived experience respond to a biomedically-oriented visual metaphor for dementia'. BAAL Health and Science Communication SIG: Showcase Seminar Series 2021. (Online, March-July 2021).
'Seasonal changes: Visualising the progression of dementia.' Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research Congress 2021 - Medical Humanities: (In)Visibility (Durham University, online, 21/04/21-23/04/21).
‘Does a picture tell a thousand words? Sharing thoughts on visually representing dementia’. Conference of the Journal of Languages, Texts and Society. (University of Nottingham, online, 12/06/20).
‘Dementia in the media: a corpus and multimodal analysis of how dementia is represented by non-profits and newspapers in Britain.’ Corpora & Discourse International Conference 2020 (University of Sussex, online, 17/06/2020-19/06/2020).
'Reporting on Dementia'. School of English Postgraduate Symposium 2019 (University of Nottingham, 07/11/19).
'Consult the public?! What combining researcher analysis and interviewee responses can help illuminate about media representations and public understandings of (people with) dementia'. Argumenting Health Communication in a Digital Era (University of Brescia, Italy,13/09/2019).
'When Santa Forgot and Gina made Friends: Agency and identity in two British dementia charity video campaigns'. Ageing, Illness, Care in Cultural and Literary Narrative (University of Huddersfield, UK, 05/09/2019-06/09/2019).
'Ghosts, agency and cups of tea: A multimodal critical discourse analysis of two non-profit adverts' contrasting depictions of experiencing dementia'. 52nd Conference of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)'s Broadening the Horizons of Applied Linguistics (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, 29/08/2019-31/08/2019).
'Two heads are better than one: Combining methodologies to investigate current representations of, and responses to, dementia'. Institute of Mental Health's Research Day (University of Nottingham, UK, 21/05/2019).
'When Santa Forgot and Gina made Friends: How two British dementia charity video campaigns represent people with dementia and are received by members of the public'. The Stylistics and Discourse Analysis Reading Group's symposium Character Building: A symposium on constructing character and identity in real and fictional worlds (University of Nottingham, UK, 10/05/2019).
'Exploring other people's personal responses to media portrayals of dementia'. Image and Narrative: Illness, Recovery, Change Workshop (University of Nottingham, UK, 29/04/2019).
AHRC funded, awarded £3,694.25. December 2020 - October 2021
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