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ERIC Number: EJ1088313
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
A Multidimensional Reappraisal of Language in Autism: Insights from a Discourse Analytic Study
Sterponi, Laura; de Kirby, Kenton
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n2 p394-405 Feb 2016
In this article, we leverage theoretical insights and methodological guidelines of discourse analytic scholarship to re-examine language phenomena typically associated with autism. Through empirical analysis of the verbal behavior of three children with autism, we engage the question of how prototypical features of autistic language--notably pronoun atypicality, pragmatic deficit, and echolalia--might conceal competencies and interactional processes that are largely invisible in mainstream research. Our findings offer a complex picture of children with autism in their use of language to communicate, interact and experience others. Such a picture also deepens our understanding of the interactional underpinnings of autistic children's speech. Finally, we describe how our findings offer fruitful suggestions for clinical intervention.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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