Journal article

Language and Trauma: An Introduction

Brigitta Busch, Tim McNamara

Applied Linguistics | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2020


This paper introduces the conceptual framing of studies of trauma. It considers how, on the one hand, applied linguistics may contribute to this study, responding to the suggestion that trauma ‘can be best understood through plural, multi-disciplinary perspectives’, and, on the other hand, the extent to which linguistic studies of trauma can contribute to a better understanding of what Coupland and Coupland have called ‘discourses of the unsayable’. It argues that the tools of linguistic analysis may be used to understand the role of language in how individuals may experience, recount, and potentially recover from psychological trauma, in personal, literary, and institutional contexts, as e..

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