Pre-pragmatic language use in toddlerhood: Developmental antecedents, aetiological factors, and associations to autism

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Background – Pragmatic language is key for adaptive communication, but often compromised in neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Decontextualized language—to talk about events and things beyond here and now—develops early in childhood and can be seen as a pre-pragmatic ability. Little is known about the factors that contribute to decontextualized language use in toddlers and whether these are different from factors contributing to general language development.

Authors: Maja Rudling, Ana Maria Portugal, Sven Bölte, Terje Falck-Ytter

First published: 11 January 2023

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