Multilingual Interaction and Dementia (Communication Disorders Across Languages)

Multilingual Interaction and Dementia (Communication Disorders Across Languages)

By: Robert W. Schrauf (editor), Charlotta Plejert (editor), Camilla Lindholm (editor)Hardback

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This book brings together international, linguistic research with a focus on interaction in multilingual encounters involving people with dementia in care and healthcare settings. The methodologies used (Conversation Analysis, Ethnography and Discursive Constructionism) capture practices on the micro-level, revealing how very subtle details may be of critical importance for the everyday well-being of participants with dementia, particularly in settings and contexts where there is a lack of a common verbal language of interlocutors, or where language abilities have been lost as a result of dementia. Chapters analyse the practices and actions employed by interlocutors to facilitate mutual understanding, enhance high-quality social relations and assure optimal care and treatment, in spite of language and cognitive difficulties, with an emphasis put on the participants' remaining capacities, and what can be achieved between people with dementia and their interlocutors in a collaborative fashion. This book goes beyond the study of two-party communication to address multiparty and group interactions which are common in residential care and other healthcare settings and will be of interest to professionals and policy makers as well as to medical sciences and linguistics researchers and students.

About Author

Charlotta Plejert is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the Department of Culture and Communication, and a researcher at Center for Dementia Research (CEDER) at Linkoeping University, Sweden. Her research interests include Conversation Analysis, communicative disabilities in children and adults, and second language interaction and acquisition. Camilla Lindholm is Acting Professor at the Department of Finnish Language, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Helsinki. Her main research areas are interaction in institutional settings, and asymmetric interaction involving participants with communication impairment. Robert W. Schrauf is Professor and Head of the Department of Applied Linguistics at the Pennsylvania State University. He conducts empirical research on language, ethnicity and Alzheimer's disease, and methodological research on the use of mixed methods for making cross-cultural comparisons.


Biographies Acknowledgements Sinfree Makoni: Preface 1. Charlotta Plejert, Camilla Lindholm and Robert W. Schrauf: Multilingual Interaction and Dementia 2. Camilla Lindholm: Aging as A Swedish-Speaking Finn: Positioning and Language Choice at a Nursing Home 3. Nicole Muller: `Fear No Bean, a Man or a Woman?' Bilingual Encounters in Residential Eldercare in Ireland 4. Ali Reza Majlesi, Eleonor Antelius and Charlotta Plejert: Epistemic Negotiations in Interpreter-Mediated Dementia Evaluations: The Co-Operative Role of Patients' Relatives 5. Gunilla Jansson and Cecilia Wadensjoe: Creating Opportunities for Residents to Engage in Social Exchange: Brokering in Multilingual Residential Care Settings 6. Jeff Small, Sing Mei Chan, Elisabeth Drance, Judith Globerman, Lorraine Ho, Wendy Hulko, Deborah O'Connor, JoAnn Perry and Louise Stern: Verbal and Nonverbal Turn-Taking Actions of Care Staff and Residents in Linguistically Diverse Long-Term Care Settings 7. Maziar Yazdanpanah and Charlotta Plejert: Accommodation Practices in Multilingual Encounters in Swedish Residential Care 8. Robert W. Schrauf and Michael Amory: Training in Clinical Assessment: Proxying, Translating and Voice-Over as Discursive Devices 9. Boyd Davis and Margaret Maclagan: Challenges and Experiences in Training Multilingual, International Direct Care Workers in Dementia Care in the US 10. Charlotta Plejert, Camilla Lindholm and Robert W. Schrauf: Multilingual Interaction and Dementia. Future Directions for Research and Practice

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  • ISBN13: 9781783097661
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9781783097661
  • weight: 560
  • ISBN10: 1783097663

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