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Profile: Dr Zsófia Demjén

Dr Zsófia Demjén

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Profile: Dr Zsófia Demjén

Dr Zsófia Demjén

About me

Zsófia is primarily interested in the intersections of language, mind and health(care). Within these areas she follows two main directions: 

1.    A discourse analytic approach to investigating linguistic patterns in everyday discourses of mental and physical health(care). 

2.    A stylistics approach to investigating the representation of mental and physical illness in fiction and non-fiction.


Much of Zsófia's work has a cognitive slant and uses corpus linguistic methods. In terms of linguistic features she's interested in metaphor, the use of personal pronouns, and negation among others. She works with published diaries, fictional and non-fictional narratives, interviews and online forum data.


Aside from linguistic research Zsófia is also interested in the application of language analysis as a tool in commercial contexts,  for example in market research, organizational change, branding and verbal identity.


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Dr Zsófia Demjén 's research

Elena Semino et al. (2017-03) The online use of Violence and Journey metaphors by patients with cancer, as compared with health professionals: a mixed methods study, In BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 1(7)

Zsófia Demjén and Claire Hardaker (2016-11-28) Metaphor, impoliteness, and offence in online communication, Routledge

Zsófia Demjén and Elena Semino (2016-11-28) Using metaphor in healthcare: physical health, Routledge

Zsófia Demjén and Elena Semino (2016-11-28) Introduction: Metaphor and Language, Routledge

Elena Semino and Zsófia Demjén (editors) (2016-11-28) The Routledge Handbook of Metaphor and Language, Routledge

Zsófia Demjén (2016-08) Laughing at Cancer: Humour, empowerment, solidarity and coping online, In Journal of Pragmatics(101)

Zsófia Demjén, Elena Semino and Veronika Koller (2016-04) Metaphors for ‘good’ and ‘bad’ deaths: A health professional view, In Metaphor and the Social World 1(6)

Zsófia Demjén (2016-04) Laughing at Cancer Online: a corpus-based investigation of irreverent humour as coping, In Language and Health Online: Typing yourself healthy

Zsófia Demjén (2015-08-27) Sylvia Plath and the Language of Affective States: Written Discourse and the Experience of Depression, Bloomsbury

Jane Demmen et al. (2015-08) A computer-assisted study of the use of Violence metaphors for cancer and end of life by patients, family carers and health professionals, In International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 2(20)

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