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Linguistic Alignment in Adults with and Without Asperger's Syndrome

Slocombe, Katie; Alavrez, Ivan; Branigan, Holly; Jellema, Tjeerd; Burnett, Hollie; Fischer, Anja; Li, Yan Hei; Garrod, Simon; Levita, Liat


Katie Slocombe

Ivan Alavrez

Holly Branigan

Hollie Burnett

Anja Fischer

Yan Hei Li

Simon Garrod

Liat Levita


Individuals with Asperger's Syndrome (AS)often have difficulties with social interactions and conversations.We investigated if these difficulties could beattributable to a deficit in the ability to linguistically convergewith an interlocutor, which is posited to be importantfor successful communication. To that end, participantscompleted two cooperative tasks with a confederate, whichallowed us to measure linguistic alignment with the confederatein terms of lexical choice, syntactic structure andspatial frame of reference. There was no difference in theperformance of individuals with AS and matched controlsand both groups showed significant alignment with theconfederate at all three levels. We conclude that linguisticalignment is intact in adults with AS engaged in structured,goal-directed social interactions.


Slocombe, K., Alavrez, I., Branigan, H., Jellema, T., Burnett, H., Fischer, A., …Levita, L. (2013). Linguistic Alignment in Adults with and Without Asperger's Syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43(6), 1423 - 1436.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Nov 1, 2012
Publication Date 2013-06
Deposit Date May 15, 2022
Journal Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Print ISSN 0162-3257
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
Issue 6
Pages 1423 - 1436
Keywords Linguistic alignment; Asperger’s Syndrome; Autism spectrum disorder;Social communication; Conversation; Dialogue
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