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An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Medical Discourse of Obesity: Analyzing Patients’ Speech

Dimitrios T. Karalis, Efthymia M. Tsaroucha, Tilemachos D. Karali, Angeliki S. Kleisiari, Tergios D. Karalis
Published February 2020

Abstract

This paper argues for an interdisciplinary approach to the medical discourse of obesity and at-tempts to build bridges between the disciplines of medicine and linguistics. The article aims to highlight the anthropological significance of medical discourse by investigating expressions of suffering. The paper analyzes patients’ speech and how they describe obesity and its complications. It is suggested that the use of figurative language (by means of metaphor and metonymy) in order to describe this disease is shaped by environmental and physical factors.

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