Figurative Language in Describing Pain and Lifestyle Impact

Disney, Steve (2020) Figurative Language in Describing Pain and Lifestyle Impact. English Studies, 101 (8). ISSN 0013-838X

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When we talk about our pain and how we are coping with its impact, our words are chosen to be personally meaningful and socially appropriate. Yet the words are not our own and our voice is cloaked in metaphor. Research has shown how novelty in pain descriptors is quite rare. Terms like a racking pain have been reused and recycled for hundreds of years, and some have meanings long obscured by time, although some originality occurs in as if and feels like expressions, and by novel combinations of more standard terms. Our choice of expressions in describing symptoms and lifestyle impact is critical if we are to get help from family and treatment from medical staff. This paper discusses terms sourced from authentic data to highlight challenges for people with low levels of English language and a specific focus on challenges of translation for migrant patients and healthcare workers.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Pain language, metaphor, migrants, healthcare
Depositing User: Ms Raisa Burton
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2021 16:41
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2021 16:41
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