Study considers reasons for difficulty with pronouns in those with autism

08/31/2011 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A new study looks at why individuals with autism may have difficulties choosing the correct pronouns to use, often choosing "you" when they mean "I." The linguistic process of changing pronouns, known as deictic shifting, along with the individuals' "sense of self," is hampered by weak connections between the areas of the brain responsible for this function in individuals with autism, researchers found. "The language issue is embedded in their difficulty in understanding their relationship to self and other," researcher Akiko Mizuno said.

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