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Evidence for syntactic alignment in children with autism

Allen, M. L. and Haywood, S and Rajendran, Gnanathusharan and Branigan, H. (2011) Evidence for syntactic alignment in children with autism. Developmental Science, 14 (3). pp. 540-548.

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Abstract

We report an experiment that examined whether children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) spontaneously converge, or align, syntactic structure with a conversational partner. Children with ASD were more likely to produce a passive structure to describe a picture after hearing their interlocutor use a passive structure to describe an unrelated picture when playing a card game. Furthermore, they converged syntactic structure with their interlocutor to the same extent as did both chronological and verbal age-matched controls. These results suggest that the linguistic impairment that is characteristic of children with ASD, and in particular their difficulty with interactive language usage, cannot be explained in terms of a general deficit in linguistic imitation.

Item type: Article
ID code: 30798
Keywords: Autistic Spectrum Disorder , ASD, linguistic imitation, child health, syntactic alignment, Child Health. Child health services, Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental and Educational Psychology
Subjects: Medicine > Pediatrics > Child Health. Child health services
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Psychology
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 05 May 2011 17:56
Last modified: 27 Mar 2014 09:19
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/30798

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