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Title:The atypical pattern of irony comprehension in autistic children
Authors:ID Panzeri, Francesca, University of Milano Bicocca (Author)
ID Mazzaggio, Greta, Univerza v Novi Gorici (Author)
ID Giustolisi, Beatrice, University of Milano Bicocca (Author)
ID Silleresi, Silvia, University of Milano Bicocca (Author)
ID Surian, Luca, University of Trento (Author)
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Language:English
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Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:UNG - University of Nova Gorica
Abstract:Nonliteral language understanding has always been recognized as problematic in autistic individuals. We ran a study on 26 autistic children (mean age = 7.3 years) and 2 comparison groups of typically developing children, 1 matched for chronological age, and 1 of younger peers (mean age = 6.11 years) matched for linguistic abilities, aiming at assessing their understanding of ironic criticisms and compliments, and identifying the cognitive and linguistic factors that may underpin this ability. Autistic participants lagged behind the comparison groups in the comprehension of both types of irony, and their performance was related to mindreading and linguistic abilities. Significant correlations were found between first-order Theory of Mind (ToM) and both types of irony, between second-order ToM and ironic compliments, and between linguistic abilities and ironic criticisms. The autistic group displayed an interesting, and previously unattested in the literature, bimodal distribution: the great majority of them (n = 18) displayed a very poor performance in irony understanding, whereas some (n = 6) were at ceiling. We discuss these results in terms of two different profiles of autistic children.
Keywords:irony, autism spectrum disorder, experimental pragmatics, theory of mind, irony comprehension
Publication version:Version of Record
Year of publishing:2022
Number of pages:28
Numbering:2022
PID:20.500.12556/RUNG-7324 New window
COBISS.SI-ID:106653955 New window
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0142716422000091 New window
NUK URN:URN:SI:UNG:REP:GGSRUFUW
Publication date in RUNG:05.05.2022
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Title:Applied Psycholinguistics
Year of publishing:2022

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