Marleen Pauls

Thesis Title:

Cognitive linguistic approaches to discourse and menopause


The public discourse in the UK is experiencing a drive for menopause awareness to tackle the stigma surrounding this phase of life. This is reflected in movements such as #menopauserevolution on social media, medical initiatives (Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, 2019) and the recent push for a new bill concerning hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) for the treatment of menopausal symptoms (Department of Health and Social Care, 2021; Muir, 2021). The aim of this study is to examine spoken accounts of menopause experiences with the objective of analysing the participants’ perceptions of the menopause and their individual lived experiences. It takes into account the complexity of the menopause as a phenomenon and aims to interrogate it in the diversity of contexts in which the participants are situated.

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First Supervisor:

Dr Chris Tang


Pathway 7: Linguistics, Media & Culture