General programme, activity sheet

Saturday 9 September, 2017 18:10 to 18:40

Oral presentation

What narratives tell us about language in high-functioning autism

Speaker: Kristen Schroeder, Universitat de Barcelona
Speaker: Miriam Garcia Subirats, Universitat de Barcelona

Authors: Kristen Schroeder, Miriam García, Joana Rosselló and Wolfram Hinzen

Language abilities of 15 children with high-functioning autism spectrum conditions (ASC) and 15 age and verbal IQ matched controls were assessed through a storybook narration task. Narratives were transcribed and coded for various aspects of nominal, verbal and clausal structure as well as overall narrative competence. Results show that the the ASC group produced a greater amount of utterances, although these utterances were shorter in nature. The ASC group also used less stative verbs and relative clauses as well as less anaphoric reference, which was correlated to overall narrative competence. These results show that even at the high-functioning end of the spectrum and controlling for verbal IQ, linguistic markers based on fine-grained grammatical measures can detect ASC against typically developing age-matched controls.

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L1 acquisition / Language pathology and language impairment - Session VII

Other activities in L1 acquisition / Language pathology and language impairment - Session VII

17:10 h. to 17:40 h.

Oral presentation

Children’s comprehension of pronouns and definites. Are children sensitive to contextual requirements?

Speaker: Saskia Brockmann, Universität Tübingen

17:40 h. to 18:10 h.

Oral presentation

Where Ellipsis Meets Wh-movement: Sluicing in early grammar

Speaker: Victoria Mateu Martin, UCLA