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Language and Aging in Multilingual Contexts

reviewed by Kristine Williams - 2006

coverTitle: Language and Aging in Multilingual Contexts
Author(s): Kees de bot and Sinfree Makoni
Publisher: Multilingual Matters, Clevedon
ISBN: 1853598410, Pages: 162, Year: 2005
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Language and Aging in Multilingual Contexts, provides a comprehensive reference of the current state of scientific knowledge about language and its use in communication for aging adults within the framework of Dynamic Systems Theory (DST). Significant multidisciplinary language and aging research findings and related cognitive and language mechanisms are presented within this framework.  The authors propose that DST is appropriate as a conceptual framework for research exploring multilingual aging issues. Three diverse research studies in the emerging area of multilingual gerontology are presented that clearly demonstrate the utility of DST in examining multilingual issues in language and aging as well as the complexity of issues inherent to this field of study. The authors initially present an overview of DST in application to current knowledge about language and aging, and establish the link between language and cognition. Language is conceptualized as a dynamic system integrating internal resources (memory, attention, motivation, perceptual... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1600-1603
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12270, Date Accessed: 4/20/2021 7:36:47 AM

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  • Kristine Williams
    University of Kansas
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    KRISTINE WILLIAMS is a nurse gerontologist and Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Kansas. Her research interests focus on communication and aging issues applied in clinical contexts. Her recent publications focus on evaluating interventions to improve nursing home staff communication and outcomes (Williams, 2006; Williams, Ilten, & Bower, 2005; Williams, Kemper & Hummert, 2004; Williams, Kemper & Hummert, 2003). She is currently funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research to evaluate whether resistiveness to care behaviors by nursing home residents with dementia are related to staff elderspeak communication.
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