The nature of syntactic impairment in autism

Durrleman, Stephanie; Zufferey, Sandrine (2009). The nature of syntactic impairment in autism. Rivista di Grammatica Generative, 34, pp. 57-86. Padova, Unipress

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This paper presents a first exploration of the syntactic abilities of autistic children using the framework of truncation theory (Rizzi 1993-4, 2000). It is the first step of an ongoing research project aiming to (a) provide a complete map of syntax in autism, for such work has never been attempted from a sound linguistic perspective (b) develop a targeted remediation program to enhance syntactic abilities of autistic children. Recently, a growing body of work has emphasized the existence of a causal relation between the acquisition of complex syntax (embedding) and the development of a theory of mind (in normally-developing, deaf and autistic children). Early identification and remediation of syntactic deficits is therefore crucial not only to enhance cognitive abilites related to theory of mind, but also because of the critical period hypothesis for language acquisition.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of French Language and Literature

UniBE Contributor:

Zufferey, Sandrine


800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 840 French & related literatures
400 Language > 440 French & related languages


Padova, Unipress




Sandrine Zufferey

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25 Apr 2016 09:56

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07 Feb 2024 16:39




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