Approximation and distancing in doctor-patient communication in Portuguese, Spanish and Galician: forms of address and other strategies

Lecture by Sandi Michele de Oliveira, Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Copenhagen in the lecture series "Norm, variation, language change".


Using data from audio-recorded medical consultations in Galicia and in a satellite city of Lisbon, this presentation takes a first look at some of the strategies of approximation and distancing that patients and doctors have employed.  The data presented include samples from Spanish, Portuguese and Galician.

The presentation will be in English.