Dementia Sufferer and Person Living with a Diagnosis of Dementia

Naming Practices in Academia


  • Birte Bös University of Duisburg-Essen,
  • Carolin Schneider Utrecht University




Author Biographies

Birte Bös , University of Duisburg-Essen,

is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Her research interests include synchronic and diachronic pragmatics, discourse analysis and media linguistics. She has investigated the communicative practices in historical and modern media. Birte is the co-author of News as Changing Texts (2015, 2nd ed), and she has co-edited several books, e.g. The Discursive Construction of Identities On- and Offline: Personal – Group – Collective (2018). Together with Carolin Schneider, she has published several papers exploring discourses with and about dementia. She can be reached at

Carolin Schneider, Utrecht University

is a lecturer in English Linguistics at the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication at Utrecht University. Her research areas include multilingualism, (critical) discourse analysis and interpersonal pragmatics in online and offline contexts. Primarily, she investigates discourses with and about dementia. Her PhD-thesis explores how English-Spanish bilinguals living with Alzheimer's dementia draw on their linguistic repertoires in conversations. In 2019 she founded the quarterly digital roundtable 'Intersections in Dementia Discourse' which brings together international and interdisciplinary perspectives from research and society. She can be reached at


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How to Cite

Bös , B., and C. Schneider. “Dementia Sufferer and Person Living With a Diagnosis of Dementia: Naming Practices in Academia”. Age, Culture, Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 6, Sept. 2022, doi:10.7146/ageculturehumanities.v6i.133272.