Excerpt: (Introduction only on this site)
Intergenerational discourse is, to date, a subject which has been neglected somewhat. This is particularly the case within the realms of interactional analysis. Most people within Western civilisation are aware of a certain respect assumed for the elderly, yet empirical evidence of what facilitates this respect within actual conversation has not yet been fully investigated. Coupland, Coupland and Giles (1991:78) introduced the concept of elderly talk analysis with reference to the use of ‘Painful Self Disclosure’ (PSD) and troubles-telling in interaction particularly between elderly participants and much younger interlocutors. This is one area of Sociolinguistics which caught my attention especially; resulting in a fully empirical study which started in 1994. Please see more on the ‘Linguistics’ page.