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    Acquisition of Presupposition Trigger ye ‘also’ by Mandarin-speaking Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders / Shasha An, Cory Bill, Xiaowei He  
Shasha An - Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
Cory Bill - Konstanz University
Xiaowei He - Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

SRCLD Year: 2020
Presentation Type: Poster Presentation
Poster Number: PS1F02
Presentation Time: Fri, Jun 7, 2019 from 8:30a-10:00a
Abstract View Full Summary
Pragmatic deficits have been reported to be a hallmark in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) (Tager-Flusberg, 1999). However, little research has been done to investigate the comprehension of specific presupposition triggers in the ASD population. The present study tried to advance the current understanding of pragmatic deficits in ASD individuals by investigating the comprehension of presupposition trigger ye ’also’ in Mandarin-speaking preschoolers with ASD. We examined the pragmatic knowledge of presupposition trigger ye ‘also’ using a Picture Selection Task. With compound sentences as test stimuli, the experiment provided felicitous context for presupposition trigger ye ‘also’. We found that 22 Mandarin-speaking ASD children (4-5yrs) performed significantly worse than their matched 29 TD peers in understanding of the presupposed part of the presupposition trigger ye ‘also’. The result adds another example to the pragmatic deficits in ASD population. Future research should be conducted to investigate other presupposition triggers, so as to see how generalizable our results are.
This research was supported by Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (18QN09) and China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2018M643035) to the first author.

Supported in part by: NIDCD and NICHD, NIH, R13 DC001677, Susan Ellis Weismer, Principal Investigator
University of Wisconsin-Madison - Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders