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ERIC Number: EJ951199
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Associations between Syntax and the Lexicon among Children with or without ASD and Language Impairment
McGregor, Karla K.; Berns, Amanda J.; Owen, Amanda J.; Michels, Sarah A.; Duff, Dawna; Bahnsen, Alison J.; Lloyd, Melissa
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v42 n1 p35-47 Jan 2012
Five groups of children defined by presence or absence of syntactic deficits and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) took vocabulary tests and provided sentences, definitions, and word associations. Children with ASD who were free of syntactic deficits demonstrated age-appropriate word knowledge. Children with ASD plus concomitant syntactic language impairments (ASDLI) performed similarly to peers with specific language impairment (SLI) and both demonstrated sparse lexicons characterized by partial word knowledge and immature knowledge of word-to-word relationships. This behavioral overlap speaks to the robustness of the syntax-lexicon interface and points to a similarity in the ASDLI and SLI phenotypes. (Contains 2 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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