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Author ORCID Identifier

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8337-8548

AccessType

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Program

Communication Disorders

Year Degree Awarded

2020

Month Degree Awarded

September

First Advisor

Mary V. Andrianopoulos

Second Advisor

Adrian Staub

Third Advisor

Shelley L. Velleman

Subject Categories

Speech Pathology and Audiology

Abstract

Autism is a disorder of the comprehension and use of pragmatic language. Children with autism often display heterogeneous patterns of language ability even when language is considered a strength. This real-time analysis is a partial replication of Sedivy et al. (1999) who found evidence for incremental processing of pragmatic language in real-time with adults. This investigation focused on prosodic focus and scalar adjective comprehension in children with and without autism. Results show that children with autism successfully interpret prosodic focus when interpreting intersective adjectives but show processing delays in interpreting scalar adjectives. Implications for pragmatic language processing differences between children with autism and those without are discussed.

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