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A Linguistic Approach to Poetics and Cohesion of Self in Therapeutic Conversation

Kristin Khoo

In therapeutic conversation there is a co-construction of text by therapist and patient. The language of this therapeutic conversation is crucial: it is both the mode and evidence of intervention. This paper explores the language of the poetic in this context, which is associated with the non-linear, analogical, right-hemispheric form of language outlined in the Conversational Model (cf. Meares et al, 2012:27). This style of conversation is associated with a change in the form of consciousness and cohesion of self (Meares, 2012; Meares et al, 2012). 

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INTIMACY AND ALIENATION: POETICS AND FUNDAMENTALIS
6-9 August 2015 | State Library of NSW | Sydney, Australia
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Kristin Khoo

Kristin Khoo is a PhD candidate in Linguistics at Macquarie University, working on cohesion and ‘cohesive harmony’ from a systemic functional linguistic perspective in the discourse of psychotherapy (specifically the Conversational Model).

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