A1 Journal article – refereed
Self-directed Speech and Dialogue in Dementia Care – the Potential of Co-participants’ Contributions

List of Authors: Camilla Lindholm, Camilla Wide
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication year: 2019
Journal: Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology
Volume number: 44
Issue number: 1
eISSN: 1401-5439


Purpose: Dementia is associated with an ongoing decline in language function, involving both language production and comprehension. Maintaining a conversation with persons with dementia may be challenging. In this study, we investigate how the contributions of professional caregivers affect the linguistic contributions of the speaker with dementia.

Methods: This is a conversation analytic case study of one individual with dementia. The data are drawn from a five-hour video corpus collected at a Swedish speaking care facility in Finland.

Results: In comparing self-directed speech and dialogue, the results show how professional caregivers can induce change in the linguistic and interactional behaviors of a person with dementia. 

Conclusions: Introducing an interactional perspective to self-directed speech and dialogue, this study provides new insights into the notion of a “good conversation” in dementia care.

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