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Title: Language, Interaction, and Frontotemporal Dementia
Subtitle: Reverse Engineering the Social Mind
Edited By: Andrea W. Mates
Lisa Mikesell
Michael Sean Smith
Description:

In the past before improving technologies allowed for the direct observation of
brain activity, brain damaged patients were a prime avenue for understanding
language structure and inferring back to brain function. Now with the rapid
developments in neuroscience, what has been discovered about the brain can
inform our view of language allowing us to build hypotheses about the role
particular brain regions perform in language use. Brain damaged patients thus
become populations which serve as test cases. While technologies in
neuroscience have improved, so has our understanding and techniques for
observing and analyzing social and communicative behavior.

FTD patients have right hemisphere, frontal and temporal pole atrophy which
leaves their cognitive abilities intact, but their social interactions impaired and
their personalities changed. The description of FTD as a pathological change
in social behavior provides the motivation in this volume to apply
ethnomethodological and conversation analytic approaches to the
organization of patients' interactions. These approaches do more than
document the disease and its effects on loved ones by revealing phenomena
that can be analyzed empirically as causing systematic changes in the
patients' social interactions.

This volume opens with a discussion of the frontal lobes and their expected
involvement in language use and social interaction. Several chapters then
use conversation analysis to examine a range of FTD social behaviors in
real-world interactions both in and outside of the clinic. The remaining
chapters show how the ethnomethodological approach applied throughout the
book can be helpful in better understanding the neurobiology of discourse, the
process of socialization, and the role of social motives and moral emotions in
maintaining relationships.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Neurolinguistics
Anthropological Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781845534349
Pages: 278
Prices: U.K. £ 55