01/09/2017 Psychology
DOI: 10.1017/S0142716417000078 SemanticScholar ID: 226956610 MAG: 2613122503

Production and comprehension of French wh-questions by children with autism spectrum disorder: A comparative study with specific language impairment

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ABSTRACT The nature of structural language difficulties in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was explored in a comparative study with specific language impairment (SLI) through investigation of the frequently reported ASD weakness in receptive skills relative to expressive skills. Twenty French-speaking children with ASD aged 6 to 12 were compared to age-matched children with SLI on production and comprehension of wh-questions. The two groups displayed similar effects of the complexity of the different wh-strategies. In the ASD group (as in the SLI group), these effects were not greater in comprehension compared to production; moreover, nonverbal ability (which varied from normal to impaired) was not related to language performance. Observed ASD-SLI differences are argued to largely be due to ASD pragmatic deficits, rather than to a qualitative difference in structural language skills.

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Prof. Philippe Prévost

University of Tours - Professor of linguistics

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