© 2005

Alzheimer Talk, Text and Context

Enhancing Communication

  • Boyd H. Davis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Talk and Text

  3. Text and Context

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 247-254

About this book


The contributors to this volume reference a shared, longitudinal corpus of spontaneous conversation elicited in natural settings from speakers with moderate to late moderate Alzheimer's Disease, utilizing other collections as appropriate, to analyze conversation, discourse and written text by and about Alzheimer's speech. Cross-disciplinary contributions from the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Germany, representing linguistics, gerontology, geriatric nursing, computer science, and communications disorders report on empirically-based investigations of social and pragmatic language competencies and strategies retained by AD patients which could ground communication enhancements or interventions.


communication gerontology language linguistics

Editors and affiliations

  • Boyd H. Davis
    • 1
  1. 1.University of North Carolina - CharlotteUSA

About the editors

ANN P. ANAS Research Coordinator, Communication and Aging, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada CYNTHIA BERNSTEIN Professor of Linguistics, University of Memphis, USA JEUTONNE P. BREWER Associate Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA KERRY BYRNE Doctoral candidate in Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Western Ontario, Canada NANCY GREEN Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA HEIDI E. HAMILTON Associate Professor of Linguistics, Georgetown University, USA MARGARET MACLAGAN Associate Professor, Communications Disorders, University of Canterbury, New Zealand PEYTON MASON Head of Linguistic Insights, Inc., USA LINDA MOORE Associate Professor of Nursing, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, USA GUENTER M.J. NOLD Professor and Dean at the University of Dortmund, Germany J.B. ORANGE Associate Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Western Ontario, Canada CHARLENE POPE Assistant Professor, Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing and College of Health Professions, USA DANIELLE RIPICH Dean, College of Health Professions, Medical University of South Carolina, USA LISA RUSSELL-PINSON Project Manager of Project MORE, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, USA ELLEN BOUCHARD RYAN Professor of Psychiatry and Gerontology at McMaster University, Canada DENA SHENK Professor of Anthropology and directs the Gerontology Program at University of North Carolina-Charlotte, USA HENDRIKA SPYKERMAN Graduate student in the Sociology Program at McMaster University, Canada

Bibliographic information


'...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