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Hint-and-guess sequences in analysis of conversations in interaction situations with individuals with Alzheimer's Disease

Grant number: 14/15207-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2015
Effective date (End): December 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal Investigator:Fernanda Miranda da Cruz
Grantee:Douglas Vidal Santiago
Host Institution: Escola de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (EFLCH). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Guarulhos. Guarulhos , SP, Brazil


The aim of this research is to identify and describe how the interactions between individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease (A.D.) and other speakers are built in moments when there is forgetfulness, disruptions or breaches of interactional sequence expressed during these interactions. The corpus of analysis used for the research will be extracted from an existing corpus in Portuguese involving people with Alzheimer's; Corpus DALI - Alzheimer's disease, Language and Interaction (Cruz, 2008). Thus, a particular type of sequences will be identified and analyzed: those named hint-and-guess sequences, since they are structured in contexts in which one participant offers clues to collaboratively build a conversation. This type of sequence has been productively studied in the context of interactions involving individuals with some linguistic-cognitive pathology. The interactions will be analyzed from the perspective of Conversation Analysis (Garcez et all, 2008). To that end, fundamental notions which are part of this approach will be mobilized, such as Sequentiality, Adjacency and Preference (Loder, Salimen and Müller, 2008). (AU)

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