CADOH--Corpus of American Discourses on Health

Laurel Smith Stvan
UT Arlington

People talk about health during many daily exchanges, such as debating dinner choices, reading web sites on illnesses, or watching shows on cooking. Likewise, deciding on exercise plans, listening to news reports on recalled food, and watching infomercials about medications all represent ways that speakers are engaged with health topics. Many discussions about behavior are based on health beliefs, such as opinions on the benefits of fresh air or hot baths, the dangers of inadequate sleep or drug and alcohol use, and the desirability of fitness, sexuality, and longevity.

The scope of health discourse, then, is larger than just exchanges between doctors and patients. So, distinct from the specialist jargon of medical and nursing journals, this corpus aims to represent what lay people discuss, read, or listen to for health information. The goal is to cover the whole gamut of health discussions occurring among non-specialists, as well as reports being directed at them via news reporting.

Source texts come from the years 1995 to 2011. The corpus is currently in the pilot stage. The following genres are included. (*=still pending)

Full Text Files

Commercial Blogs—Main Post

Commercial Blogs—Comment Threads

Personal Blogs—Main Post

Personal Blogs—Comment Threads

Commercial Webpages

Listserv and Online Forum Conversation Threads

Letters to the Editor

Magazine Articles

Newspaper Articles

Trade Magazine Articles (non-medical)

Conversation Excerpts

Fiction—Movie Transcripts

Fiction—Television Transcripts

Fiction—Novels and Short Stories*

Television Talk Show and News Transcripts

Radio Talk Show and News Transcripts

Focus Group Discussions*

Presentations involving data from CADOH

Stvan, Laurel Smith. 2012. "Metonymy-driven Polysemy in Health Discourse." Presented at the Researching and Applying Metaphor conference (RaAM 9), Lancaster University, UK, July 5, 2012. (pdf of slides)

Stvan, Laurel Smith. 2012. "Take it with a Pinch of Salt: Polysemy in Vernacular Discussions of Salt." Presented at the 7th Conference on Food Representation in Literature, Film and the Other Arts, University of Texas at San Antonio, February 25, 2012

Stvan, Laurel Smith. 2011. "Sugar Makes You Sweet: Polysemy and Cultural Beliefs about Causation." Poster presented at the Corpus Linguistics 2011: Discourse and Corpus Linguistics conference, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, July 20-22, 2011. (poster pdf).

Stvan, Laurel Smith. 2011. "You'll Catch Your Death of Cold": The Influence of Lexical Conflation on Beliefs about Causation." Paper presented at the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE) at Boston University, June 20, 2011.

Stvan, Laurel Smith. 2010. "Catching Cold: Polysemous Reinforcement of Beliefs about Causation." Paper presented at the 3rd UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK, July 7, 2010.

Stvan, Laurel Smith. 2010.  "Stress Management: Corpus-based insights into Vernacular Interpretations of Stress." Paper presented at the Eighth Interdisciplinary Conference on Communication, Medicine and Ethics (COMET), Boston University, June 28, 2010.

Fauzi, Sarah, David Silva and Laurel Stvan. 2008. Panel presentation on "Linguistic Aspects of Cross-Cultural Health Discussions." Presented at the 2nd Annual TAHIT Symposium on Language Access (Texas Association of Healthcare Interpreters and Translators), Fort Worth, TX. April 26, 2008.

Stvan, Laurel Smith. 2008. "Fat and Health Literacy: Two Revealing Terms in CADOH (Corpus of American Discourses on Health)," Paper presented at the American Association for Corpus Linguistics (AACL 2008), Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. March 15, 2008.

Stvan, Laurel Smith. 2008.  "Health Literacy: A Single Meaning or Three Senses Conflated?" The Language of Health Care: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Language and Health Care. IULMA: University of Alicante, Spain. Pp. 1-13.

Stvan, Laurel Smith. 2006. "Lexical Conflation and Edible Iconicity: Their Mnemonic Power in Vernacular Discussions of Food." Paper presented at the 4th Interdisciplinary and Multicultural Conference on Food Representation in Literature, Film, and the Other Arts, Dept. of Modern Languages, UT San Antonio. February 24, 2006.

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