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ERIC Number: EJ1064796
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-1362-3613
Rethinking Language in Autism
Sterponi, Laura; de Kirby, Kenton; Shankey, Jennifer
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v19 n5 p517-526 Jul 2015
In this article, we invite a rethinking of traditional perspectives of language in autism. We advocate a theoretical reappraisal that offers a corrective to the dominant and largely tacitly held view that language, in its essence, is a referential system and a reflection of the individual's cognition. Drawing on scholarship in Conversation Analysis and linguistic anthropology, we present a multidimensional view of language, showing how it also functions as interactional accomplishment, social action, and mode of experience. From such a multidimensional perspective, we revisit data presented by other researchers that include instances of prototypical features of autistic speech, giving them a somewhat different--at times complementary, at times alternative--interpretation. In doing so, we demonstrate that there is much at stake in the view of language that we as researchers bring to our analysis of autistic speech. Ultimately, we argue that adopting a multidimensional view of language has wide ranging implications, deepening our understanding of autism's core features and developmental trajectory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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