Children with autism align syntax in natural conversation

Hopkins, Zoë, Yuill, Nicola and Keller, Bill (2016) Children with autism align syntax in natural conversation. Applied Psycholinguistics, 37 (2). pp. 347-370. ISSN 0142-7164

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Abstract

Previous experimental work has shown that verbal children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) converge linguistically, or align, with an interlocutor, and to the same extent as typical children. However, it is not known whether ASD children align in natural conversation. The studies presented in this paper aimed to address this issue. We measured syntactic alignment in ASD children, first using an experimental task, and second in natural conversation. We found that ASD and typical children aligned to the same extent in both tasks, suggesting that experimental findings about alignment in ASD are ecologically valid. We argue, however, that the experimental measurement of alignment overstates the prevalence of syntactic alignment in children's conversations.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Depositing User: Zoe Hopkins
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2015 10:53
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2016 10:55
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/52310
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2012 Doctoral Training Grant (EPSRC)G0942EPSRC-ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCILEP/K503198/1