Conversations with an Alzheimer's patient : an interactional sociolinguistic study

Heidi Ehernberger Hamilton

Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative brain disease which has major social consequences for the individuals affected and for those people who are emotionally and/or physically close to them. The role which language plays in such relationships stands at the centre of this book. In contrast to traditional analyses carried out by psycholinguists, neurologists and speech pathologists, with speech samples elicited in clinical settings, Heidi Hamilton examines language in the life of one elderly female Alzheimer's patient from an interactional sociolinguistic perspective. The language of open-ended, naturally occurring conversations between the patient and the author, over four-and-a-half years, is investigated in an attempt to understand how the patient's communicative abilities and disabilities are related and how they change over time, and, importantly, how they are influenced by pre-emptive and reactive communicative behaviours on the part of the patient's healthy interlocutor.

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  • Acknowledgements
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Communicative profile of Elsie
  • 3. Questions
  • 4. Responses
  • 5. Conclusions and implications
  • References
  • Index.

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書名 Conversations with an Alzheimer's patient : an interactional sociolinguistic study
著作者等 Hamilton, Heidi Ehernberger
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1994
ページ数 xii, 184 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521421012
NCID BA22022306
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス