Journal article

The role of cognition in context-dependent language use: Evidence from Alzheimer's disease

Evrim G March, Philippa Pattison, Roger Wales

JOURNAL OF NEUROLINGUISTICS | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

Deixis is a linguistic form that can functionally replace nouns in communication, and it is the most obvious tool to investigate how language is used in relation to communicative context. In this paper, we expand upon our previous study on language use in dementia of the Alzheimer type - DAT [March, E. G., Wales, R., & Pattison, P. (2006). The uses of nouns and deixis in discourse production in Alzheimer's disease. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 19, 311-340], and investigate the role of cognition in deictic use (spatial and person) and noun use across four distinct discourse task conditions. The participants are 26 DAT patients and 26 demographically matched healthy elderly, over the age of 65..

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