Subject pronoun use by children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

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In the current study, storytelling and story retelling by children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were analyzed to explore ambiguous third-person pronoun use in narratives. Twenty-three children diagnosed with ASD aged 6;1 to 14;3 and 17 typically-developing (TD) children aged 5;11 to 14;4 participated in the study. In the retelling task, no significant difference between the groups was found, suggesting that in less challenging tasks, children with ASD produce third-person subject pronouns appropriately. In the storytelling task, children with ASD produced more ambiguous third-person subject pronouns than did the TD children. The findings suggest a model in which children with ASD show deficits in the pragmatic domain of producing narratives.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)85-93
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Linguistics and Phonetics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • autism
  • narrative
  • production
  • pronouns

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Speech and Hearing
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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