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The Grammar of Well-Being
Cadernos de Linguística
Ways of talking about diseases, ailments, convalescence, and well-being vary from language to language. In some, an ailment 'hits' or 'gets' the person; in others, the sufferer 'catches' an ailment, comes to be a 'container' for it, or is presented as a 'fighter' or a 'battleground'. In languages with obligatory expression of information source, the onslaught of disease is treated as 'unseen', just like any kind of internal feeling or shamanic activity. Different stages of disease — coveringdoi:10.25189/2675-4916.2021.v2.n1.id322 fatcat:cs6y6xpea5bkzedj7it6fkkgni