Scholarship on Disabilities
Constraints on Language: Grammar, Memory
March 25-28, 1998
The 1998 Merrill conference in Sedona, Arizona involved American, Canadian, and European researchers with expertise in the areas of language, memory and aging. Participants are pictured below. The conference was designed to maximize interactions among leading scholars from several fields, and to give pre- and post-doctoral trainees the opportunity to learn from senior researchers. The conference enhanced the relationship between the University of Kansas and the University of Potsdam in Germany.
The Research Training Program in Communication and Aging at the University of Kansas joined with the Merrill Center to sponsor this event.
Conference themes included:
- the social context of communication by and with older adults
- the effects of memory loss on older adults' communication
- language processing by older adults.
Participants contributed to a book on this topic. It was edited by Susan Kemper at the University of Kansas and Reinhold Kliegl at the University of Potsdam, and was published by Kluwer Academic Publishers in 1999.
The research findings have clear implications for addressing the practical problems of older adults as consumers of leisure time reading, radio and television broadcasts, and as targets of medical, legal and financial documents.