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Spoken word recognition in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and specific language impairment

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Spoken word recognition, during gating, appears intact in specific language impairment (SLI). This study used gating to investigate the process in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders plus language impairment (ALI). Adolescents with ALI, SLI and typical language development (TLD), matched on nonverbal IQ listened to gated words which varied in frequency (low/high) and number of phonological onset neighbours (low/high density). Adolescents with ALI required more speech input to initially identify low frequency words with low competitor density than those with SLI and those with TLD, who did not differ. These differences may be due to less well specified word form representations in ALI.

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Author(s): Loucas T, Riches N, Baird G, Pickles A, Simonoff E, Chandler S, Charman T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Applied Psycholinguistics

Year: 2013

Volume: 34

Issue: 2

Pages: 301-322

Print publication date: 21/12/2011

ISSN (print): 0142-7164

ISSN (electronic): 1469-1817

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S0142716411000701


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