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ERIC Number: EJ1065201
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Interpretation of Logical Words in Mandarin-Speaking Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Uncovering Knowledge of Semantics and Pragmatics
Su, Yi; Su, Lin-Yan
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n7 p1938-1950 Jul 2015
This study investigated the interpretation of the logical words "some" and "every…or…" in 4-15-year-old high-functioning Mandarin-speaking children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Children with ASD performed similarly to typical controls in demonstrating semantic knowledge of simple sentences with "some", and they had delayed knowledge of the complex sentences with "every…or…". Interestingly, the children with ASD had pragmatic knowledge of the scalar implicatures of these logical words, parallel to those of the typical controls. Taken together, the interpretation of logical words may be a relative strength in children with ASD. It is possible that some aspects of semantics and pragmatics may be selectively spared in ASD, due to the contribution the language faculty makes to language acquisition in the ASD population.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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