Toward a Definition of the Linguistic Profile of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Andrea Marini, Martina Ozbič, Rita Magni, Giovanni Valeri

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The current investigation assessed linguistic and narrative abilities in a cohort of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The linguistic assessment was performed with both traditional tests and a multilevel procedure for discourse analysis. The results showed difficulties at different stages of message planning, organization, and microlinguistic processing (i.e., lexical selection and grammatical processing). Their macrolinguistic impairments were likely related to more general difficulties in the prelinguistic conceptual phase of message planning and mental model generation. Such weaknesses included a difficulty in the non-verbal conceptualization of the story and the generation of an internal representation of the addressee’s mental model.

Original languageEnglish
Article number808
Number of pages13
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Publication statusPublished - May 5 2020


  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • developmental neuropsychology
  • language
  • narrative analysis
  • neurolinguistics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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