Language Abilities in Children with Autism (LACA)


23 March, 2017


Universiteit van Amsterdam

Doelenzaal, Singel 425, Amsterdam


Organizers: Petra Hendriks, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Jeannette Schaeffer, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Funding: NWO Internationalisation in the Humanities






9:00                    Welcome


9:30 – 10:00     Linguistic and cognitive development of monolingual and bilingual children with ASD

Ianthi Tsimpli – University of Cambridge, UK


10:00 – 10:30  Assessing pragmatic abilities in typical and atypical children

Francesca Foppolo, Francesca Panzeri and Teresa Guasti – University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy



10:30 – 11:00  Coffee break



11:00 – 11:30  Perspective taking and pragmatics in children with ASD

Mikhail Kissine - Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium


11:30 – 12:00  Pronouns, perspective taking and theory of mind in children with ASD

Petra Hendriks



12:00 – 13:00  Lunch



13:00 – 13:30  (Morpho)syntax, pragmatics and extra-linguistic cognition in Dutch-speaking children with HFA and with SLI

Jeannette Schaeffer


13:30 – 14:00    Heterogeneity of morpho-syntactic abilities in German-speaking children and adolescents with ASD

Flavia Adani – University of Potsdam, Germany

14:00 – 14:30  The difficulties of high-functioning children with ASD with morphosyntax may not be due to impaired morphosyntax: Evidence from environments that require or ban object clitics.

Arhonto Terzi - Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece, Patras


14:30 – 15:00  Comparing the use of clitics in experiments vs. narrative tasks in high-functioning Greek-speaking children with autism

Theodoros Marinis – University of Reading, UK



15:00 – 15:30 Tea break



15:30 – 16:00  Linguistic profile of narratives of children with ASD

Rama Novogrodsky – University of Haifa, Israel


16:00 – 16:30  Investigating language profiles across the autism spectrum

Philippe Prevost & Laurie Tuller – Université François-Rabelais Tours, France


16:30 – 17:00  Heterogeneity of language in ASD: More evidence for the ALI/ALN distinction from syntax and pragmatics

Alexandra Perovic – University College London, UK


17:00 – 17:30  What conventional language could reveal about autism

Ira Noveck - Institut des Sciences Cognitives, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Lyon, France