Creating and exploring spoken corpora of health communication for second-language training purposes
The objectives of this study were to create and explore comparable spoken corpora of health communication for second-language (L2) training purposes. A corpus creation methodology is proposed that enables eliciting language from several nurses (i.e., 15 anglophone; 15 francophone) from particular speech tasks (i.e., accompany a patient who received bad news; reformulate feelings in reaction to a diagnosis; and ensure a patient's understanding of a situation). Findings are then presented from a function-to-form corpus analysis, which compared the types of responses and linguistic forms used by anglophone and francophone nurses to convey empathy/sympathy. The main findings illustrate that specialized, comparable spoken corpora are potentially useful for extracting recurring language use and making cross-linguistic comparisons. Overall, such corpora may ultimately be used to inform L2 pedagogy.
French, L. , Lapointe, S. (2016)., Creating and exploring spoken corpora of health communication for second-language training purposes, in L. Pickering, E. Friginal & S. Staples (eds.), Talking at work, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 255-280.
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