‘Age has been recognized in Sociolinguistic research as one of the crucial
social variables early on; for as we grow old we change our speech
behaviour. Therefore, communication across age cohorts is not always
without hitches. This is of particular relevance in the context of elderly
care. Yet, the particular challenges of communication between caregiver and
usually much older care recipient have rarely been studied, let alone
addressed in care courses. The present volume fills a real gap. Based on
empirical research in seven countries, it offers insights about how
language use in care giving settings is patterned and how it can be
improved.’ Professor Florian Coulmas, Director of German Institute for
Japanese Studies, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany
'Backhaus provides essential reading for those wishing to care responsibly
for as well as study older people. Yet this absorbing collection also
harbors potential insights and transformable practices for all of us who
care for others who are enduring problems and issues, irrespective of their
age. This volume is a rich testament to the under-appreciated, yet
incontestable, fact that caring is a complex communicative process.' Howard
Giles, Professor of Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara,
The topic of communication in elderly care is becoming ever more pressing,
with an aging world population and burgeoning numbers of people needing
care. This book looks at this critical but underanalyzed area. It examines
the way people talk to each other in eldercare settings from an
interdisciplinary and globally cross-cultural perspective.
The book combines theory and practice, with linguistically informed
analysis of real-life interaction in eldercare settings across the world.
Each chapter closes with a “Practical Recommendations” section that
contains suggestions on how communication in eldercare can be improved.
This book is an important and timely publication that will appeal to
researchers and carers alike.
You can read the Introduction to the book for free here: