Semantic and pragmatic impairments of person with Alzheimer’s disease

Qonita, Zuyyina and Indah, Rohmani Nur ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6176-048X (2023) Semantic and pragmatic impairments of person with Alzheimer’s disease. LUNAR: Journal of Language and Art, 7 (1). pp. 1-17. ISSN 2541-6804

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Abstract

Understanding Alzheimer's disease affecting communication ability can be done by investigating sufferers' language impairment. Therefore, this study aims to analyze the language impairments of a person with Alzheimer's disease as represented in The Father movie. It focused on the semantic and pragmatic impairment in the speech produced by Anthony, the main character with Alzheimer's disease. A qualitative method is employed to deeply understand the language impairments. The findings of this study indicated that the types of semantic impairments found are: errors in verbal fluency, difficulty in word comprehension, empty speech, word retrieval difficulty, semantic paraphasia, and naming difficulty. In addition, the pragmatic impairments found are repeating ideas, speaking too loudly, talking excessively at inappropriate times, and deviating from the topic. These findings have important implications for healthcare professionals and caregivers who work with people with Alzheimer's disease. By understanding the specific language impairments experienced by people with this condition, they can develop effective communication strategies that consider the person's individual needs and abilities. Furthermore, more people can help to support the sufferer of Alzheimer's disease and enhance their well-being and social connections.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: language impairments; semantic impairment; pragmatic impairment; Alzheimer’s disease
Subjects: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2003 Language Studies > 200302 English Language
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2003 Language Studies
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Department of English Language and Letters
Depositing User: Dr. Rohmani Nur Indah
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2023 09:03

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