Conversations with an Alzheimer's patient: an interactional sociolinguistic perspective by Heidi Hamilton

Sinfree Makoni
1996 Southern African Journal of Gerontology  
Published by Cambridge University Press, UK, 1994, pp. 184 ISBN 0 521 42101 2 Hard cover Hamilton makes two main contributions in her book, which are separate but interconnected. On the one hand, by rigorous ly studying the conversations of a patient suffering from Alzheimer's disease (AD), she demonstrates the contribu tions which language studies can make towards increasing our understanding of dementia in general and AD in particular. At the same time, through a detailed analysis of the
more » ... r sations, she demonstrates how by coupling rigour with com passion, linguistics can be humanistic without necessarily forfeiting its status as a science. These two interconnected achievements are eloquently captured in the following ex cerpt from the book:
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