Discourse of ageing in the autumn of life. (c2009)

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dc.contributor.author Ghandour, Hiba
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-03T09:37:19Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-03T09:37:19Z
dc.date.copyright 2009 en_US
dc.date.issued 2011-05-03
dc.date.submitted 2009-01-27
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/428
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description.abstract This research study aimed at approaching the field of discourse and ageing from different disciplinary perspectives in order to gain a holistic understanding and insight into the ageing process. Accordingly, this study attempted to explore in one research question three different areas of enquiry that have served to center clusters of research in this field; language and communicative abilities in old age, identity in old age, and social values and practices in old age. Predicated on these premises, the research question eventually emerged: "How are the different linguistic and communicative abilities of the elderly, their personal identities, and their social values and practices revealed through their use of narrative in a Lebanese nursing home?" Since this question has already embodied a main context, the best type of research that substantially lent itself for the undertaken investigation was a case study that allowed a detailed analysis of the elderly individuals in this social unit. In an endeavor to unravel the research question, the method of analysis that had been eventually employed was discourse analysis. In this vein, the analytical tools that simultaneously steered this investigation were Labov's theoretical framework of natural narrative and Erikson's theory of personality development via observational and interviewing techniques. Contrary to research findings in the literature of discourse and ageing, the narratives of the elderly in this research investigation proved to be linguistically and ' communicatively densely-packed regardless of differences in chronological age. Moreover, the cultural context within which each elderly had formerly lived basically served as either empowering or constraining their own identities that were consequently mirrored in their discourse in old age. Findings had also revealed that the majority of the elderly conveyed the same social values and practices in discourse. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Aging -- Social aspects en_US
dc.subject Older people -- Language en_US
dc.subject Older people -- Communication en_US
dc.subject Discourse analysis, Narrative -- Social aspects en_US
dc.title Discourse of ageing in the autumn of life. (c2009) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.term.submitted Fall en_US
dc.author.degree MA in Education en_US
dc.author.school Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200603493 en_US
dc.author.commembers Dr. Layla Harmoush
dc.author.woa OA en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 bound copy: 327 leaves; 30 cm. available at RNL. en_US
dc.author.division Education en_US
dc.author.advisor Dr. Rima Bahous
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2009.24 en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US

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