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Language in Autism and Specific Language Impairment: Where Are the Links?

Williams, D., Botting, N. and Boucher, J. (2008). Language in Autism and Specific Language Impairment: Where Are the Links?. Psychological Bulletin, 134(6), pp. 944-963. doi: 10.1037/0013743

Abstract

It has been suggested that language impairment in autism is behaviorally, neurobiologically, and etiologically related to specific language impairment (SLI). In this article, the authors review evidence at each level and argue that the vast majority of data does not support the view that language impairment in autism can be explained in terms of comorbid SLI. The authors make recommendations for how this debate might be resolved and suggest a shift in research focus. They recommend that researchers concentrate on those aspects of language impairment that predominate in each disorder rather than on those comparatively small areas of potential overlap.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Social Sciences, Psychology, Psychology, Multidisciplinary, PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY, autism spectrum disorder, specific language impairment, language, CAST CHILDHOOD ASPERGER, HIGH-FUNCTIONING AUTISM, SCHOOL-AGE-CHILDREN, EARLY ADULT LIFE, INFANTILE-AUTISM, CHROMOSOME 7Q, FAMILIAL AGGREGATION, SUSCEPTIBILITY GENE, SPECTRUM DISORDERS, NONWORD REPETITION
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Language & Communication Science
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/3345
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