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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 5/2015

01-05-2015 | Original Paper

The Use of Grammatical Morphemes by Mandarin-Speaking Children with High Functioning Autism

Auteurs: Peng Zhou, Stephen Crain, Liqun Gao, Ye Tang, Meixiang Jia

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 5/2015

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Abstract

The present study investigated the production of grammatical morphemes by Mandarin-speaking children with high functioning autism. Previous research found that a subgroup of English-speaking children with autism exhibit deficits in the use of grammatical morphemes that mark tense. In order to see whether this impairment in grammatical morphology can be generalised to children with autism from other languages, the present study examined whether or not high-functioning Mandarin-speaking children with autism also exhibit deficits in using grammatical morphemes that mark aspect. The results show that Mandarin-speaking children with autism produced grammatical morphemes significantly less often than age-matched and IQ-matched TD peers as well as MLU-matched TD peers. The implications of these findings for understanding the grammatical abilities of children with autism were discussed.
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Williams et al. (2008) reanalysed Roberts et al.’s data and made a case against Roberts et al.’s claim that impairments in tense marking in autism resemble those observed in SLI.
 
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One reviewer correctly pointed out that though –le was used in these echolalic responses, this does not reflect a productive capacity to use this morpheme. In fact, the finding that the participants who produced the zuo-le structure always used the perfective morpheme –le provided further evidence attesting to the echolalic nature of their responses, because these participants were adhering to the exact verb forms they heard.
 
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To date there are no standardised tests that can be used to assess Mandarin-speaking children’s language development.
 
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Metagegevens
Titel
The Use of Grammatical Morphemes by Mandarin-Speaking Children with High Functioning Autism
Auteurs
Peng Zhou
Stephen Crain
Liqun Gao
Ye Tang
Meixiang Jia
Publicatiedatum
01-05-2015
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 5/2015
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-014-2304-6