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The use and characteristics of elderspeak in Swedish geriatric institutions
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Speech and Language Pathology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping Community, Sweden.
Kiruna Hospital, Sweden.
2013 (English)In: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, ISSN 0269-9206, E-ISSN 1464-5076, Vol. 27, no 8, 616-631 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to investigate the occurrence of elderspeak in a Swedish context and to describe its characteristics. Elderspeak refers to adjustments made in communication with elderly people; adjustments similar to those made in interaction with infants. Previous findings show that adjustments of communication are made within several linguistic domains, and are a part of the communicative environment of elderly people. Five people working in different forms of geriatric institutions participated in this study, and data consist of recordings of interactions between caregivers and residents (without dementia) and interactions between caregivers and colleagues. The recordings were transcribed and analyzed by means of perceptual, semantic and acoustic analyses. The findings demonstrate that caregivers, to a varying extent, adjusted their communication within several linguistic domains. The adjustments were mainly made within the prosodic domain, but there were also adjustments made within other language domains.

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Informa Healthcare, 2013. Vol. 27, no 8, 616-631 p.
Keyword [en]
Care, communication, elderly, prosody
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-98236DOI: 10.3109/02699206.2013.773382ISI: 000322338900005PubMedID: 23806132OAI: diva2:653295
Workshop on Prosody in Typical and Atypical Populations, September 2012, Reading, UK
Available from: 2013-10-03 Created: 2013-10-03 Last updated: 2013-10-09Bibliographically approved

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