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An Interesting Corpus Linguistics Study (Millar et. al. 2012)

This is a study which produced a corpus of about 1,200,000 words from Randomized Control Trials from 5 of the top medical journals. The methods described in the study provide a practical framework for how to build a written corpus of high quality medical English and compare it with general English in order to gain insights into the characteristics of medical English. ‘Use the active voice whenever possible’: The Impact of Style Guidelines in Medical Journals Neil Millar1,*, Brian Budgell2 and Keith Fuller3 Author Affiliations 1Department of English, University of Birmingham, 2Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto and 3Institute of Communication, Culture and Information Technology, University of Toronto *E-mail: n.j.millar@bham.ac.uk Abstract Medical writing is … Continue reading

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“e-Source” online interactive resource on behavioral and social science research methods

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) has developed e-Source, an interactive, online course on research methods and tools for researchers engaging in behavioral and social sciences research on health-related topics. The resource consists of 20 chapters divided into five categories. Although only the chapter “Conversation Analysis as an Approach to the Medical Encounter” by John Heritage, PhD, is directly related to applied linguistics, all 20 chapters should be useful for applied linguists interested in health-related research, as they provide a basic foundation for collaboration with other social scientists such as psychologists, economists, anthropologists, and sociologists as well as biological scientists. All chapters … Continue reading

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