Alzheimer Talk, Text And Context: Enhancing Communication

Paperback | January 15, 2009

byBoyd H. Davis

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This work presents an analysis of conversation, discourse and written text about Alzheimer`s speech examining retained language competencies that could be the basis for intervention or for enhancing communication. This book has: current concern worldwide with Alzheimer`s and other forms of dementia; focus on finding retained communication competencies that could be built on to increase meaningful communication; leading researchers in communications and communications disorders, gerontology, anthropology, speech pathology, computer science, Al and nursing who contribute to a multi-faceted analysis of the discourse of Alzheimer`s patients and their carers; a shared longitudinal corpus which ensures the contributors are all focused on a set of common real-life data. The contributors to this volume reference a shared, longitudinal corpus of spontaneous conversation elicited in natural settings from speakers with moderate to late moderate Alzheimer`s Disease, utilizing other collections as appropriate, to analyze conversation, discourse and written text about Alzheimer`s speech. Cross-disciplinary contributions from the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Germany, representing linguistics, gerontology, geriatric nursing, computer science, and communications disorders report on empirically-based investigations of social and pragmatic language competencies and strategies retained by AD patients which could ground communication enhancements or interventions.

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This work presents an analysis of conversation, discourse and written text about Alzheimer`s speech examining retained language competencies that could be the basis for intervention or for enhancing communication. This book has: current concern worldwide with Alzheimer`s and other forms of dementia; focus on finding retained communicat...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:January 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230206948

ISBN - 13:9780230206946

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'...this collection is a praiseworthy effort at meeting the challenges of research into dementia from a multi-disciplinary perspective...this is a book I would highly recommend for use by both students and researchers. It provides a useful resource that exemplifies how linguistic approaches can be systematically applied to both written texts and conversational data. Even more importantly, it is underpinned by a concern for integrity of the individual and points to strategies that can be used to improve the communication process in dementia.' - Jackie Guendouzi, Journal of Sociolinguistics