bmh linguistics: facilitating communication in biomedicine
the centre for biomedical and health linguistics (bmh linguistics) is an international working group dedicated to facilitating communication in biomedical and health education, research, clinical care, and policy-making. the team is involved in developing corpora of targeted domains in biomedicine and health. a corpus is a body of language selected according to specific linguistic criteria to be used as a representative sample of a given language.
to date, bmh linguistics has published analyses of corpora of nursing, public health, midwifery, and chiropractic. other corpora currently under development include acupuncture, osteopathy, the neurosciences, RCTs, and a corpus of meta-analyses and systematic reviews.
a fine product resulting from bmh linguistic’s collaboration with springer is examplar, a database searching over 1900 journals from springer’s collection to find authentic examples of how a word or phrase is used in the published literaure. with springer the second-largest publisher of journals in the science, technology, and medicine (STM) sector and the largest publisher of STM books, the corpus is placing a respectable collection at the writer’s disposal.
- centre for biomedical and health linguistics: helping non-native english speakers get a grip on the lingua france of science.· brian budgell, · tws 2010;4:297–299.