General programme, activity sheet

Saturday 9 September, 2017 16:30 to 17:00

Oral presentation

Heterogeneity of morphosyntactic abilities in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (also in comparison with Specific Language Impairment)

Speaker: Flavia  Adani, Universität Potsdam

Authors: Flavia Adani (Department of Linguistics, University of Potsdam) Romy Lassotta (Department of Linguistics, University of Potsdam) Maja Stegenwallner-Schütz (Department of Linguistics, University of Potsdam) Simone Kirst (Institute of Psychology, Humboldt University of Berlin) Isabel Dziobeck (Institute of Psychology, Humboldt University of Berlin)

Morphosyntactic difficulties can arise in ASD. Recent investigations point to a delay in the mastery of relative clauses in French and English speakers with ASD. To date, virtually no study concentrates on morphosyntactic development in German-speaking individuals with ASD and the potential similarities with other conditions are not explored. Towards this end, we tested relative clauses in a group of individuals with ASD (further subdivided in those with and without language impairment), a group of children with SLI and their respective age-matched controls. These results points towards the existence of a substantial linguistic maturity in ASD, which is evinced by their sensitivity to disambiguating grammatical features. Despite this strength, the language impaired ASD subgroup was severely impaired in the comprehension of object relative clauses. It appears that the co-occurrence of language impairment and the ASD condition is detrimental for the processing of complex sentences to a larger extent than language impairment alone.

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Language pathology and language impairment - Session VI

Other activities in Language pathology and language impairment - Session VI

15:00 h. to 15:30 h.

Oral presentation

L1, L2, 2L1 and SLI: a Pilot Study on the Acquisition of German Dative Case Marking

Speaker: Anna-Lena Scherger, Universität Hildesheim

15:30 h. to 16:00 h.

Oral presentation

Computational complexity and error typology on sentence repetition in children with ASD: is there a phenotypical SLI profile?

Speaker: Silvia Silleresi, Université François Rabelais De Tours

16:00 h. to 16:30 h.

Oral presentation

Syntactic problems in German children with Down syndrome: evidence from wh-questions

Speaker: Eva Wimmer, Universität zu Köln