“You remind me of a story that I’ve told a number of times”

Recounting Experiences from Long Ago
  • Heidi E. Hamilton


In this chapter, we explore several interconnections of identity and face issues within personal experience narratives told by individuals with dementia. As an important background, we first situate the examination of narrative within what is called ‘long-term’ or ‘remote’ episodic memory (Tulving, Episodic and semantic memory. In E. Tulving & W. Donaldson (Eds.), Organization of memory. Oxford: Academic, 1972) and Fivush’s (Annual Review of Psychology, 62, 599–582, 2011) notion of autobiographical memory. We then characterize three different aspects of narrative: multiparty co-constructions of co-membership through discursive displays of shared history, repeated tellings of generally well-crafted personal experience narratives, and tellings that involve the linguistic creation of relatively diminished storyworlds.


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  • Heidi E. Hamilton
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  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsGeorgetown UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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