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Discourses of dementia in the British press: a corpus linguistic approach

This thesis interrogates representations of dementia in the British news media, using a combination of corpus linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis. The news media is pervasive in everyday life and is a major source of information for the lay public on matters of health and illness. The messages perpetuated in the news media about dementia often promote the idea that the syndrome is a 'living death', which problematises care and suggests that people with dementia are less than human. This thesis examines the dominant discursive representations of dementia to consider how the syndrome and those living with it are depicted, and to ask how the stigma commonly associated with dementia might be reduced.

Research interests: corpus linguistics, critical discourse analysis, health communication, sociolinguistics

PhD Supervisors: Dr Kevin Harvey and Prof Tom Dening

Primary funding source: Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

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