In this book different aspects of language and aging are discussed. While language spoken by and language spoken with elderly people have been treated as different areas of research, it is argued here that from a dynamical system perspective the two are closely interrelated. In addition to overviews of research on language and aging, a number of projects on this topic in multilingual settings are presented.
Kees de Bot is Chair of Applied Linguistics at the University of Groningen. His research interests include psycholinguistic aspects of multilingualism, maintenance and loss of languages and language policy. More recently he has turned his interest to the application of Dynamic Systems Theory in applied Linguistics. Sinfree Makoni is an internationalist. He did his Phd in the UK and has held a number of professional appointments in the Africa and currently teaches in the US. His main research interests are aging and health in multilingual contexts across the globe, and language in urban contexts.
Preface; 1: Introduction: Language, aging and multilingualism; 2: Language and Aging, a dynamic perspective; 3. Language and communication with the elderly; 4. Language use and language skills in the healthy and pathological aging; 5: Resources in language and aging; 6. Multilingualism, aging and dementia; 7: Bilingual aging in older African-Americans; 8: The effect of age and education on narrative complexity in older Chinese in the USA - Sinfree Makoni with Hwei-Bin-Lin & Robert Schrauf; 9: Language in an epidemiological study: the North Manhattan Aging study in New York City; 10: Old and New Perspectives on language and aging; References.