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The Production of Pronouns and Verb Inflections by Italian Children with ASD: A New Dataset in a Null Subject Language

Auteurs: Greta Mazzaggio, Aaron Shield

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 4/2020

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Abstract

The language of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is often characterized by difficulties with pronouns. The underlying reasons for such difficulties are still unclear. This study is the first to test the abilities of children with ASD who speak Italian, a language in which overt subject pronouns are optional but verbs obligatorily feature person-referencing morphology. We found that Italian children with ASD were less accurate than typically-developing (TD) Italian children in the production of first-, second-, and third-person singular pronouns, avoiding pronouns in favor of nouns or names more often than controls. Moreover, children with ASD produced more overt pronouns than null pronouns in marked contexts, compared to TD children. These phenomena can be accounted for by difficulties with pragmatics.
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In Italian, with first-person pronouns and person-marking verb morphology bolded and second-person pronouns and person-marking morphology underlined: Ioprendole foto delle bambine e le mettoin quel tavolo, etuprendile foto dei bambini e le mettinell’armadio.
 
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Metagegevens
Titel
The Production of Pronouns and Verb Inflections by Italian Children with ASD: A New Dataset in a Null Subject Language
Auteurs
Greta Mazzaggio
Aaron Shield
Publicatiedatum
01-01-2020
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 4/2020
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-019-04349-7

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