Sunday, May 8, 2011

Autism, reading between the lines, and figurative language

Just in time for Mother's Day (though a tad pricey), a book I co-edited with Etsuyo Yuasa and Tista Bagchi is now out: Pragmatics and Autolexical Grammar: In honor of Jerry Sadock.

Jerry Sadock was my thesis advisor, and even as I've moved from pure linguistics into autism and language acquisition, he continues to inspire me. My contribution to this volume is a paper on the comprehension and production of indirect speech acts in autism. Among other things, I argue that indirect speech (reading between the lines, figurative language, etc.) is yet another area in which we underestimate the skills of children on the autistic spectrum.

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