ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics (ExLing 2008)

Athens, Greece
August 25-27, 2008

The Prosodic and Nonverbal Deficiencies of French- and Finnish-Speaking Persons with Asperger Syndrome

Mari Lehtinen

Department of Romance Languages, University of Helsinki, Finland

This paper briefly presents a research project directed towards the prosodic and nonverbal deficiencies of French- and Finnish-speaking persons with Asperger Syndrome (AS). AS is a form of high-functioning autism and it is characterized e.g. by qualitative impairment in social interaction and by stereotyped and restricted patterns of activities and interests. Though persons afflicted with AS generally have no significant delay in language acquisition, and their speech typically lacks significant abnormalities, the language use and the prosody of persons with AS is often atypical: people with AS often have a limited range of intonation, their speech may be overly fast, jerky or loud, and they also typically have abnormal nonverbal behaviours (such as eye contact, facial expressions, postures and gestures).

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Bibliographic reference.  Lehtinen, Mari (2008): "The prosodic and nonverbal deficiencies of French- and Finnish-speaking persons with Asperger syndrome", In ExLing-2008, 129-132.