ERIC Number: EJ882641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
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Personal Pronouns and Communicative Engagement in Autism
Hobson, R. Peter; Lee, Anthony; Hobson, Jessica A.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v40 n6 p653-664 Jun 2010
In three experimental conditions, we tested matched children with and without autism (n = 15 per group) for their comprehension and use of first person plural ("we") and third person singular ("he") pronouns, and examined whether such linguistic functioning related to their social interaction. The groups were indistinguishable in their comprehension and use of "we" pronouns, although within each group, such usage was correlated with ratings of interpersonal connectedness with the collaborator. On the other hand, participants with autism were less likely to use third person pronouns or to show patterns of eye gaze reflecting engagement with an interlocutor's stance vis-a-vis a third person. In these settings, atypical third person pronoun usage seemed to reflect limited communicative engagement, but first person pronouns were relatively spared.
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), Autism, Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction, Comparative Analysis, Comprehension, Interpersonal Competence, Language Usage, Eye Movements, Language Skills
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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