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Avoiding interactional conflict in dementia: the influence of gender styles on interactions.
Southeastern Louisiana University, USA.
Southeastern Louisiana University, USA.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4405-5340
2016 (English)In: Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict, ISSN 2213-1272, Vol. 4, no 1, 9-35 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sociolinguistic research in the general population has established the existence of gender differences in the social use of language. In particular, it has been noted that women use more markers of politeness, small talk and structural devices (e.g. minimal responses, tag questions) to help maintain their conversations. Analysis of interactions involving people with dementia (PWD) suggests that these gender based differences were still present in the face of dementia. Furthermore, the use of these forms of language helped the women with dementia to avoid conflict and extend the length of their interactions. This study investigated whether the use of such language helped or hindered women with dementia in maintaining conversational satisfaction.

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2016. Vol. 4, no 1, 9-35 p.
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gender, interactional resources, dementia, politeness
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-128688OAI: diva2:931521
Available from: 2016-05-28 Created: 2016-05-28 Last updated: 2016-07-07

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