Autism, language, and social interaction

Among my core interests are language and social interaction, and their importance in education and development. For several years, I’ve collaborated with Prof. Laura Sterponi on a project devoted to language, social interaction, and childhood autism. Using methods from Conversation Analysis and linguistic anthropology, we have aimed to contribute to a more adequate and nuanced understanding of linguistic behaviors that are commonly associated with autism—behaviors such as echolalia, atypical pronoun use, atypical pragmatics, and literal language. In doing so, we have sought to offer a corrective to treatments of these behaviors as automatic, dysfunctional, and straightforwardly symptomatic of an underlying condition residing within the affected individual (without denying a neurological basis of autism and resultant challenges).

See my CV for publications related to this research.