Editor: Boyd H. Davis
Paperback: ISBN: 9780230206946 Pages: 276 Price: U.K. £ 19.99
'...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
This collection augments clinical inventories of Alzheimer's discourse with an emphasis on how caregivers and researchers can focus on communication enhancement and person-centered care. Specialists from linguistics, speech and communications disorders, gerontology, nursing, and artificial intelligence analyze retained competencies for social and linguistic interaction by speakers with Alzheimer's Disease, keyed to a corpus of naturally-occurring conversation, collected over several years. The contributors examine discourse boundaries and social relationships, gender-cued interaction and life-course analysis, online text by and about Alzheimer's speech, ways Alzheimer's speakers co-construct stories, in more than one language, with caregivers and conversation partners. They explore ways we might help Alzheimer's speakers - and ourselves -- communicate better by knowing more about some of the ways they can continue to display their communicative skills, and by designing innovative enhancements and interventions.