This volume showcases a number of analytic approaches that have contributed to the richly inter-disciplinary study of communication in healthcare. Few are broader, perhaps, than the approach of ‘pragmatics’, which encompasses a number of theories and frameworks under an overarching principle of understanding language and meaning in its context of use. This chapter addresses how some pragmatic theories have been applied to the study of healthcare communication, focusing in particular on achieving tasks through spoken interaction in medical contexts.
|Title of host publication||Analysing Health Communication: Discourse Approaches|
|Editors||Gavin Brookes, Daniel Hunt|
|ISBN (Print)||978-3-030-68186-9, 978-3-030-68183-8|
|Publication status||Published - 20 May 2021|