Research Seminars

Research seminars

Language in first-person accounts of schizophrenia: From mind style to clinical relevance

Elena Semino (Lancaster University)

In this talk I apply the analytical approach associated, in Stylistics, with the notion of ‘mind style’ to an autobiographical narrative and a series of interviews involving people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. I suggest that the systematic analysis of distinctive patterns in the use of pronouns, speech presentation, narrative structure and metaphor can reveal aspects of the mental functioning and lived experience of people with schizophrenia which have potential implications for diagnosis and treatment.

The research presented in this talk has been carried out in collaboration with Zsófia Demjén and Agnes Marszalek (University College London), and Filippo Varese (University of Manchester).