Language and the brain in the sunset years

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This chapter will provide an overview of language in the sunset years of life by discussing various views of ageing and inevitable cognitive decline as neurons die and the brain loses its ability to regenerate neural circuits. The chapter will also review global literature on the brain in ageing and dementia, especially mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease (AD), based primarily on Western research. The chapter will further discuss these issues with respect to the cultures and languages of Greater China, of which much less is known. There has been some consensus on the relevant genes and the molecular bases for learning and remembering, especially with respect to critical periods. Finally, the chapter will conclude with a discussion of current efforts in early diagnosis and intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Chinese Applied Linguistics
EditorsChu-Ren Huang, Zhuo Jing-Schmidt, Barbara Meisterernst
PublisherTaylor and Francis - Balkema
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781317231158
ISBN (Print)9781138650732
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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