“It’s in your box!”––Personal pronoun comprehension in children with ASD

H Clancy, Angela Xiaoxue He, R Luyster, Sudha Arunachalam

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Abstract

Personal pronouns have been argued to be challenging for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Pronoun comprehension includes (a) establishing the right mappings: first-person pronouns refer to the speaker, and second-person pronouns refer to the addressee; and (b) tracking referent shifts––identifying the speaker and addressee in the current round of conversation. The latter may require social-communicative sensitivity, which children ASD may have difficulty with. Here, we used a multi- converser setting to test pronoun understanding given referent shifts. Results show that both children with ASD and typically developing children know the semantic differences between first- and second-person pronouns, and they know that pronouns’ referents shift by discourse role. However, both groups are biased to interpret second- person pronouns as referring to themselves. TD children show similar patterns to the ASD group, despite better performance overall.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019
EventThe 44th Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD) - Boston, United States
Duration: 7 Nov 201910 Nov 2019
https://www.bu.edu/bucld/files/2019/11/BUCLD-44-Schedule-and-Abstracts.pdf

Conference

ConferenceThe 44th Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD)
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston
Period7/11/1910/11/19
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