Our research draws on the disciplines of linguistics, phonetics, pragmatics, speech and language pathology and philosophy, grounding our project on an interdisciplinary approach.

 

Our main areas of interest and research are following ones.

History of Medical Language

  

The research focus is the language of medical texts (i.e. ancient treatises, illustrative leaflets, deontological codes), diachronically analysed in their lexical, phonological, morpho-sintactic, rhetoric and textual aspects.

The results of our first works have proved this approach to play a key-role: studying the medical language from a diachronic point of view can unearths new elements for a deeper comprehension of the history of medicine and the history of language, demonstrating the appropriateness and fecundity of this interdisciplinary dialogue.

 

Headed to become a benchmark in the field, Remedia hosted the first Italian Conference on the history of medical language [LINK], sponsored by the University of Turin and the University of Naples in 2016.

 

For further details about this area of research and its related projects, please visit [LINK A PROJECTS]    

Medical Linguistics

 

Deeply linked to the history of medical language, Medical Linguistics analyses it from a synchronic point of view, mainly focusing on oral language. In this field, the main objects of our investigation are:

  • the different forms of communication between healthcare professionals and patients: linguistic adjunctive therapies, treatment sessions, the informed consent, the communication of the diagnosis and the prognosis, etc.
  • the modalities of communication between medical institutions, patients and population. 

 

For further details about this area of research and its related projects, please visit [LINK A PROJECTS]

Clinical Linguistics

 

Our research focus is the analysis of oral and written language of psychiatric and neurological patients, adopting both quantitative and qualitative method, with a particular attention to the last.

Some of the language impairments or alterations that are the focus of current or recent studies include:

  • Autism
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Psychosis and Schizophrenia
  • Eating disorders

Along the years we have collected a rich corpus of texts (transcriptions of oral language and original written texts), spontaneously created by patients in a familiar context.

To have access to our archive, a password is needed: in order to have it, please send us an email [LINK A CONTATTI/EMAIL] explaining the reasons of your interest.