Mode Shifts in Conversations with People with Dementia can Cause Confusion (2019)
We illustrate how speakers with dementia may shift the whole mode of a conversation as well as its topic or their role in it. This can confuse their unimpaired conversation partner if that partner is less aware of features of dementia discourse. Examples are drawn from three women with moderate Alzheimer’s disease who were living in the south-eastern United States. These examples demonstrate the range of coherence in dementia discourse and how the mode of the conversation can shift dramatically.
CitationMaclagan M, Davis B (2019). Mode Shifts in Conversations with People with Dementia can Cause Confusion. Gerontology & Geriatrics studies. 4(5). 471-472.
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KeywordsDementia; Alzheimer's disease; Conversation; Dementia discourse
ANZSRC Fields of Research20 - Language, Communication and Culture
17 - Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
11 - Medical and Health Sciences
RightsCopyright@ Margaret Maclagan, This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.
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