A terminological review is proposed of the words used to denominate concepts and practices related to the end of life that have been in use, legally or illegally, since the dawn of humanity. This is a preliminary and integrative study within a larger applied linguistics research project dealing with end-of-life issues in a discourse analysis perspective. The study will take the perspective of Western cultures and draw materials from British news media sources, such as The Times and The Guardian, from the end of the 19th century through the first half of the 20th century. The timeline ideally follows the four Geneva Conventions of 1864, 1907, 1929 and 1949, a period in which a reflection on death as a mass phenomenon emerged due to unprecedented large-scale wars, and spurred the adoption of humanitarian standards set forth in the Geneva treaties. After WW2, the reflection on the humanitarian aspects of death continues into the present day, having adapted to a time of relative peace, where people enjoy longer life expectancy, yet fall victim to mass conditions such as cancer and neuro-degenerative diseases that often result in prolonged end-of-life periods. In detail, this paper proposes a terminological analysis of the lexicon connected with end-of-life practices, to see what changes have occurred in the period considered and what social and historical events prompted them. A comparison will also be made with general and specialised lexicographic sources (general and medical / scientific dictionaries and encyclopaedias), to fill in gaps in the description of the concepts considered and evaluate the interaction between popular and specialised terminology, in the light of the social impact of these issues.
|Titolo:||From euthanasia to end-of-life issues : Changing names for changing concepts|
|Data di pubblicazione:||giu-2017|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore L-LIN/12 - Lingua e Traduzione - Lingua Inglese|
|Enti collegati al convegno:||Università degli Studi di Milano|
|Citazione:||From euthanasia to end-of-life issues : Changing names for changing concepts / K. Grego. ((Intervento presentato al 1. convegno Historical Medical Discourse tenutosi a Milano nel 2017.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||14 - Intervento a convegno non pubblicato|