Approaches to Discourse in Dementia by Jacqueline A. Guendouzi

By Jacqueline A. Guendouzi

The qualitative research of certainly taking place discourse in neurogenic communique problems, particularly in dementia stories, has skilled fresh burgeoning curiosity from wide-ranging disciplines. This multidisciplinarity has been intriguing, yet has additional contextual confusion. This new ebook advances the research of discourse in dementia by means of systematically exploring and making use of varied ways to an identical loose conversational information units, accumulated and transcribed through the authors. The utilized methodologies and theories include an invaluable sourcebook for college students, researchers, and practitioners alike.

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Turn-taking patterns (although not the information content or the comprehensibility of the language output) are described as preserved until the moderate stages of DAT, as are syntactic abilities. Even at severe stages, phonological abilities and speech sound production are often found to be intact (although we add the caveat here that, as mentioned previously, many persons with DAT may also have other conditions, for DEMENTIA AND ITS DISCOURSES 19 example, stroke damage, that may interfere with the phonological and motor-speech complex).

Atkinson & Heritage, 1984; Sacks, Schegloff, & Jefferson, 1974). 2 16 17 18 19 20 J: F: J: F: J: 21 F: 22 J: 23 F: 24 J: 25 F: 3 did you have a good Christmas. well. ) didn’t (x) do anything, (xx)= =did you get any presents? 0) no::. ) what you call it. 0) I call it when (something changes or) your own brain. [o:h*. [(xxx*xxX, xx)= See Damico and Simmons-Mackie (2002) for a detailed discussion of this layer of the transcript. DATA COLLECTION AND TRANSCRIPTION 33 The details beyond the spoken word encoded in this transcript concern basic prosodic information, pausing, overlapping speech, and levels of intelligibility (Appendix A lists all transcribing conventions used in this book).

He further stated that functional magnetic resonance imaging and computerized tomography scans showed brain damage consistent with ministrokes and cortical atrophy. Her husband and nurses also reported that F had a long-standing hearing impairment, and as a result of this, had worn hearing aids for the past 20 years. F had a large, supportive family who visited frequently and therefore was used to interacting with visitors on a regular basis. F was unable to walk and used a wheelchair, and she needed assistance with bathing, feeding, and other bodily functions.

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