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Title: Understanding Actions, States, and Events
Subtitle: Verb Learning in Children with Autism
Written By: Susan Louise Douglas
Series Title: Studies on Language Acquisition [SOLA] 45

This book explores an understudied area of language development in autism –
namely, how children with autism learn the meaning of verbs. The key feature is
a profile of verb acquisition in autism derived from qualitative analysis of the
conversational language of ten children with autism. Douglas examines whether
this profile is typical or atypical compared with verb learning in neurotypical
children. Verb use is central to linguistic development, and the ability of children
with autism to develop and use verb categories is of interest, because verbs
also encode information about the number and type of participants and the
temporal location of the activity/event. Moreover, the acquisition of verb
meanings is often dependent on other cognitive skills, such as the recognition
that human beings have beliefs and desires which motivate their actions. All
these are areas which are widely considered problematic for children with autism
and continue to generate much discussion among researchers and clinicians.
This investigation is among the first studies of its type, offering new insights
into the process of language acquisition in autism.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Neurolinguistics
Cognitive Science
Language Acquisition
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9781614510864
Pages: 224
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781614510949
Pages: 224
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95