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By Jacqueline A. Guendouzi

The qualitative research of obviously happening discourse in neurogenic verbal exchange issues, in particular in dementia experiences, has skilled fresh burgeoning curiosity from wide-ranging disciplines. This multidisciplinarity has been intriguing, yet has further contextual confusion. This new ebook advances the research of discourse in dementia by means of systematically exploring and making use of diverse techniques to an identical loose conversational info units, amassed and transcribed through the authors. The utilized methodologies and theories include an invaluable sourcebook for college kids, researchers, and practitioners alike.

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We focus on Grice’s principle of conversational cooperation and speech act theory. Speaker meaning and listener’s understanding are central concepts, and the role of inferencing in the process of the listener arriving at an understanding of the speaker’s intended meaning. Speech act and pragmatic theories provide a student, researcher, or clinician with the analytical wherewithal to consider the range of potential meanings of an utterance and to differentiate between propositional content and implicit and inferred meanings.

Edwards (2001) defines a transcript as a “distillation of the fleeting events of an interaction, frozen in time, freed from extraneous detail, and expressed in categories of interest to the researcher” (p. 321). Müller and Damico (2002) offer an operational definition of a transcript that we have found useful in clinical discourse studies and clinical linguistics: “A transcript is an intentional representation of data translated from one medium to another as a necessary and convenient analytic strategy requiring selective interpretations that impact on the targeted phenomena” (p.

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). , 2001, and as operationalized in experimental settings). Rather, this may serve as a scene setting for our own investigations, which have rather a different focus than experimental studies of individuals with dementia and their deteriorating linguistic, communicative, and cognitive faculties.

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