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Talk, loss, and identity

Shakespeare, Pam (2004). Talk, loss, and identity. Illness, Crisis and Loss, 12(1) pp. 10–22.

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Abstract

This article examines some extracts of talk by older people diagnosed with dementing illnesses and explores the extent to which various features of their talk can be understood as some kind of loss. The data corpus consists of minimal responses, problematic repair work, and identity claims and counterclaims in occasioned talk. To elucidate its theme, the article uses the concept of full membership in an ethonomethodological sense and a contverstaional analytic typology of discourse, situated and transportable identities. The article concludes that while confusion is a recognizable and transient feature of ordinary talk, it may become apermanent part of the identity of some speakers.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1054-1373
Keywords: conversation analysis; communicative competence; less-than-full membership
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Item ID: 3164
Depositing User: Users 2400 not found.
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 19:49
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/3164
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