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Antaki2007
BibType ARTICLE
Key Antaki2007
Author(s) Charles Antaki
Title Mental-health practitioners’ use of idiomatic expressions in summarising clients accounts
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Tag(s) EMCA, Medical EMCA
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Year 2007
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Journal Journal of Pragmatics
Volume 39
Number 3
Pages 527–541
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DOI 10.1016/j.pragma.2006.07.009
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Abstract

This article is about how some British mental-health professionals use idiomatic expressions (like ‘for all the world’, ‘at the end of the day’, ‘once in a blue moon’ and so on) in their dealings with clients. I found that the practitioner sometimes directly or indirectly attributed these expressions to the client. In each case the practitioner was exploiting what Drew and Holt (1988) report is an interactionally terminal feature of idioms: their supposed universality and unchallengeability. The effect was to achieve some institutional objective: to close down a topic, to render it comparatively harmless, or, in at least one case, to problematize it and make it fit for therapy.

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