Includes bibliographical references.
xi, 264,  leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.
Title page, contents and abstract only. The complete thesis in print form is available from the University Library.
Physiological, cognitive and environmental changes, together with personal and social attitudes towards the ageing process and towards the state of being old, bring about alterations in opportunities for communication. This, in turn, brings about changes in who we talk to, what we talk about and how we are talked about. This dissertation discusses the changes and the subsequent effects on communication abilities and possibilities. There are three interrelated elements in this research project: linguistic self-identification of the elderly, linguistic representaion of the elderly and communication networks of the elderly. Findings indicate that the predominant social perseptions of ageing as revealed through the media and most fiction, with the exception of some children's picture books, are linguistically marked for negative stereotypes.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Adelaide University, Dept. of Linguistics, 2001
|Creators||Gibson, Carol, (Carol Margaret).|
|Source Sets||Australiasian Digital Theses Program|
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