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M. Locher : Language on internet health sites, AT 2011
In this workshop based course we will first work on the theoretical fields of computer-mediated language and health communication and then develop research question for this communicative interface. After this we will explore the use of the English language on different types of Internet sites in English that topicalize health issues (e.g. peer-to-peer blog support sites; professional information sites; health insurance sites, etc.).

M. Locher: Language and health, ST 2016
In this lecture course the focus is on 'language in use' in situations where health plays a role. We will investigate how people interact in situations such as doctor's appointments, or counselling sessions, as well as how health educators package their persuasive messages in online Internet sites such as advice columns or smoking cessation websites and fora. The speech acts of advice giving, information giving and suggesting will be discussed in detail, while the contextual factors of the studied practices will be taken into account when analyzing. The lecture is situated within the field of pragmatics and in particular within the field of applied linguistics and discourse analysis. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, the lecture will also present insights from discursive psychology, sociology and the medical humanities.

M. Locher: Typing yourself healthy, ST2016
In the last decades the Internet has evolved to become an important source of information for health concerns. There are many professional information sites, peer-support sites for patients, mailing lists, online counselling services, and so on. In these contexts, language plays a central role in how health issues are communicated and how health-related activities such as shared decision-making, collaboration, or persuasion, are carried out. Internet users are encouraged to type themselves healthy through language with the help of peers or professionals. The symposium provides a platform for researchers and practitioners from different disciplines such as linguistics, psychology and anthropology, as well as the public to share findings and insights concerning e-health communication. By engaging in a dialogue with researchers from different fields we work towards a better understanding of e-health practices overall, which can be of use and interest to health practitioners as well. This symposium is going to be the endpoint of the SNF-funded research project "Language and Health Online" (NGK1912) and is open to students and the public.

M. Locher: Health and language in action, AT2016
In this course on the research interface of linguistics and health studies, students will work on data that they collected themselves from a number of methodological and theoretical angles. They will develop research questions and work on sharpening analytical tools. The program will be jointly put together at the beginning of term with the aim to gain experience in analyzing a variety of different practices and to account for the interests of the participants. This seminar continues the topic of language and health introduced in the lecture in spring term 16. Having attended this lecture is recommended but not a necessary entry requirement.

 

LHO-Applied transfer

Email counseling workshop in UK, spring 2017 (F. Thurnherr)

 

LHO-Activities at conferences and symposia

2017

Locher, Miriam A.
12 May. Interpersonal pragmatics: a relational lens on online health practices. Paper presented at the New Developments in Linguistic Pragmatics, Lodz, Poland. (Plenary)


2016
Symposium on Language and Health Online

Locher, Miriam A., Franziska Thurnherr, Marie-Thérèse Rudolf von Rohr,
April 15-16 2016 "Language and Health Online: Trust, credibility, information- and advice-giving." Presentation at Symposium on Language and Health Online, University of Basel, Switzerland.

Rudolf von Rohr, Marie-Thérèse
April 15-16 2016 "Interpersonal pragmatics and persuasion in smoking cessation online." Presentation at Symposium on Language and Health Online, University of Basel, Switzerland.

Thurnherr, Franziska
April 15-16 2016 ""I can see a massive improvement in myself": Identity and relational work in email counseling." Presentation at Symposium on Language and Health Online, University of Basel, Switzerland.


2015
Thurnherr, Franziska, Marie-Thérèse Rudolf von Rohr, and Miriam A. Locher
November 18-20 2015 "Linguistic expert creation in online health practices." Presentation at ADDA conference, University of Valencia, Spain.

Rudolf von Rohr, Marie-Thérèse, Franziska Thurnherr, and Miriam A. Locher
June 26-27 2015 ""beau, me and hubby quit cold turkey too": The functions of 'narratives' in two written online health contexts." Presentation at Workshop 'Personal Narrative Online', University of Bayreuth, Germany.

Thurnherr, Franziska, and Miriam A. Locher
April 9-11 2015 ""How can people be so angry with me when I'm so harmless?" or how language impacts identity construction in email counseling." Presentation at I-MEAN 4 conference, University of Warwick, United Kingdom.


2014
Thurnherr, Franziska, Marie-Thérèse Rudolf von Rohr, and Miriam A. Locher
September 10-12 2014 "Studying identity construction in written health practices with a mixed methodology approach." Presentation in the thematic symposium "On micro- /macro-, written- /spoken- and other analytical binaries. Towards unpacking theories and methodologies for the study of 'identity' in health care research." At the 4th International Conference Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP), University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Rudolf von Rohr, Marie-Thérèse
June 26-28 2014 "Persuasion through identity construction in advice giving in online smoking cessation."
Presentation at the 12th COMET conference, Università della Svizzera Italiana USI, Lugano, Switzerland.
 
Thurnherr, Franziska
June 26-28 2014 "Email writing as identity construction? How writing constructs clients as moving from advice-seeker to active participant in email counseling." Presentation at the 12th COMET conference, Università della Svizzera Italiana USI, Lugano, Switzerland.


2013
Thurnherr, Franziska
November 28-29 ""Relational Work" und Identitätskonstruktion in Email-Therapien." Oral and Paper Presentation at the conference "Digital Humanities: Neue Herausforderungen für den Forschungsplatz Schweiz" of the Schweizerische Akademie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften (SAGW), Bern, Switzerland.

Rudolf von Rohr, Marie-Thérèse
July 11-13 2013 "'Everyone's quit journey is different': Comparing persuasion on two smoking cessation websites." Presentation at 11th COMET conference, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Thurnherr, Franziska
July 11-13 2013 "'Together, we will look for the path ahead and the life you can make whole again.' The relationship between therapist and client in email counseling as the driving force for change." Presentation at 11th COMET conference, University of Melbourne, Australia.  

Rudolf von Rohr, Marie-Thérèse
April 18-20 2013 "'Welcome back hon- you know you have made the right decision' - The persuasive nature of user identities in a smoking cessation forum." Presentation at i-Mean Identity and Language Conference, University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol, UK.

Thurnherr, Franziska
April 18-20 2013 "The Re-Negotiation of Identities in Email Counseling." Presentation at i-Mean Identity and Language Conference, University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol, UK.

Thurnherr, Franziska
February 2013 “’How can I support you?’ Identity Construction and Relational Work in Email Counseling” Presentation at Swiss Workings in English Languages and Linguistics (SWELL) meeting University of Zurich, Switzerland.


2012
Rudolf von Rohr, Marie-Thérèse
October 2012 “La persuasión en sitios web antitabaco- It becomes so much easier with the right information.” Presentation at X Encuentro Hispano-Suizo de Filólogos Noveles, University of Basel, Switzerland.

Rudolf von Rohr, Marie-Thérèse
June 2012 “Persuasion on professional and peer-to-peer anti-smoking websites in the UK.” Presentation at 10th COMET conference Norwegian University of Science and Technology Trondheim, Norway.

Rudolf von Rohr, Marie-Thérèse
June 2012 Focus Group Presentation on the project “Persuasion in UK smoking cessation sites.” Summer School: Research on Computer-Mediated Communication in Linguistics (RCMCL), organised by the University of Basel, Switzerland.

Thurnherr, Franziska
June 2012 Focus Group Presentation on the project “Email Counseling and Relational Work.” Summer School: Research on Computer-Mediated Communication in Linguistics (RCMCL), organised by the University of Basel, Switzerland.

Rudolf von Rohr, Marie-Thérèse
April 2012 “Persuasion in UK smoking cessation sites.” Presentation at Workshop in Sociolinguistics with Prof. Dr. Alexandra D’Arcy, University of Basel, Switzerland.

Thurnherr, Franziska
April 2012 “Relational Work in Email Counseling.” Presentation at Workshop in Sociolinguistics with Prof. Dr. Alexandra D’Arcy, University of Basel, Switzerland.

Thurnherr, Franziska
April 2012 “Relational Work in Email Counseling: A Project Outline.“ Presentation at the Doctoral Research Colloquium of the Hermann Paul School of Linguistics Basel, Switzerland.


2011
Rudolf von Rohr, Marie-Thérèse
December 2011 “Persuasion involving risk situation in online health sites.” Presentation at EUCOR conference University of Strasbourg, France.

Rudolf von Rohr, Marie-Thérèse
March 2011 “Manufacturing consent: Persuasion involving risk situation in online health sites.” Presentation at Swiss Workings in English Languages and Linguistics (SWELL) meeting University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

 

 

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