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Discourse and Ageing 4 Hiba Ghandour TESOL Professor Rima Bahous January 30, 2008 Discourse of Ageing in the Autumn of Life Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. Years may wrinkle the skin but giving up the love of life may wrinkle the soul. Thus, chronological age is not the criterion against which the ageing process can be gauged. Based on this conviction, my interest has been primarily kindled in investigating the souls of the elderly in a nursing home; how they feel, what they know, and how society perceives them socially and emotionally. Accordingly, ageism rather than chronological aging is the standard against which I can gain rich insight into their different
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Unformatted text preview: personalities that have eventually been molded by grief, despair, joy, obstacles, risks, desires, hopes, regrets, and love. Indeed, the soul of an elderly represents a fine cargo of experiences and memories. With an eye to that goal, my research question was ultimately shaped: "How are the different linguistic and communicative abilities of the elderly, their personal identities, and their social values and practices revealed through their use of narrative in a Lebanese nursing home?"...
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