Differential pragmatic abilities and autism spectrum disorders: The case of pragmatic determinants of literal content


It has become something of a truism that people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have difficulties with pragmatics. Granting this, however, it is important to keep in mind that there are numerous kinds of pragmatic ability. One very important divide lies between those pragmatic competences which pertain to non-literal contents – as in, for instance, metaphor, irony and Gricean conversational implicatures – and those which pertain to the literal contents of speech acts. It is against this backdrop that our question arises: Are certain pragmatic tasks more difficult than others for people with ASD?



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Robert Stainton
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