Grammatical and pragmatic properties of the DP in children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) and in children with High Functioning Autism (HFA)

Ava Creemers, Jeannette Schaeffer

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Abstract

This study investigates whether grammar and pragmatics are separate linguistic components or not, and whether children with SLI and children with HFA have overlapping or distinct linguistic profiles. We examine two DP-related phenomena: the mass-count distinction (grammatical) and the choice for a definite/indefinite article (pragmatic). We tested 27 children with HFA aged 6-14, age and gender matched to 27 children with SLI, and 27 TD controls on a Quantity Judgment Task (mass-count) and an Elicited Production Task (article choice). Our results show that pragmatics can be impaired independently from grammar (in HFA) and vice versa (in SLI), providing evidence for a modular view of grammar and pragmatics, and against an overlap in the profiles of SLI and HFA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-32
Number of pages17
JournalLinguistics in the Netherlands
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Article choice
  • Autism
  • Domain-specificity
  • Double dissociation
  • Mass-count
  • Specific Language Impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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