Autism is characterized by language dysfunction ranging from mild and peculiar language usage to a total lack of expressive language function. These language oddities are manifest in the form of phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic/behavioral dysfunction. Research suggests that the autistic language deficit is focal—dealing with a specific area of language processing; however, previous research has failed to identify this language enigma. This thesis demonstrates a novel approach to the problem, showing that the autistic language deficit is tied to a particular aspect of language processing—quantification. Quantification is defined and explained in the context of autistic language and behavior.
College and Department
Humanities; Linguistics and English Language
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Manookin, Michael B., "A Formal Semantic Analysis of Autistic Language: The Quantification Hypothesis" (2004). Theses and Dissertations. 132.
autism, language, quantification, scope, psycholinguistics