Language and later life: Issues, methods and representations

Jones, Rebecca L. and Percival, John eds. (2006). Language and later life: Issues, methods and representations. The representation of older people in ageing research, 7. London, UK: Centre for Policy on Ageing / The Open University.



The contributors consider both methodological and substantive issues about language and researching later life. They focus on language in several ways: language in the sense of different first languages; language in the sense of speech and difficulties with communicating; and the ways in which older people are represented in language. All papers draw attention to the fact that more theoretical and research work needs to be done to appreciate fully how language used by and about older people is influenced by culturally available narratives of ageing, integration of mother tongue and dialects, and the management of impairments and cognitive disorders.

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