Colloquia Winter 2011 (Laura Wagner and Cynthia Clopper)

December 11, 2012
Friday, January 21, 2011 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Laura Wagner

Psychology

Cynthia Clopper

Linguistics

Perception of Dialect Variation by Young Adults with High-Functioning Autism

Abstract:

The linguistic profile of people with autism spectrum disorders typically involves intact perceptual processing, accompanied by deficits in the social functions of language. In a series of three experiments, the impact of this profile on the perception of regional dialect was examined. Young adults with high-functioning autism exhibited similar performance to a neurotypical comparison group in regional dialect classification and localness rating tasks, suggesting that they can use indexical information in speech to make judgments about the regional background of unfamiliar talkers. However, the participants with high-functioning autism were less able to differentiate among the dialects in an attitude judgment task, suggesting that they do not share social stereotypes related to dialect variation with the neurotypical comparison group.

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