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Natural Language Processing and Cognitive Science by Michael Zock, Mai Yanagimura, Elena Yagunova, Svetlana Volskaya, Jordi Turmo, Susanna Tron, Rocco Tripodi, Radu Topor, Ludovic Tanguy, David Suendermann-Oeft, Elizabeth Rosenfeld, Horacio Rodriguez, Livio Robaldo, Solange O. Rezende, Michaela Regneri, Lidia Pivovarova, Marcello Pelillo, Catherine Pelachaud, Thiago S. Pardo, Ali M. Naderi, Sachiyo Muranishi, Michael Muck, Martin Mory, Francois Morlane-Hondere, Tarek Mehrez, Wieslaw Lubaszewski, Patrick Lange, Shingo Kuroiwa, Manfred Klenner, Diane King, Mohamed Hamed Kholief, Alexei V. Ivanov, Yasuo Horiuchi, Nora Hollenstein, Myriam Hernandez Alvarez, Jiri Havelka, Nabil Hathout, Marcin Hareza, Jose M. Gomez, Emiliano Giovannetti, Nadine Glas, Daniela Gifu, Izabela Gatkowska, Jean-Gabriel Ganascia, Daisuke Furukawa, Richard Frost, Cécile Fabre, Ahmed Magdy Ezzeldin, Yasser El-Sonbaty, Luigi Di Caro, Matthew Crocker, Dan Cristea, Jan Curin, Conrado S. Merley, Pawel Chrzazcz, Jesus Calvillo, Mohamed Amine Boukhaled, Guido Boella, Jared Bernstein, Alessia Bellusci, Andrea Bellandi, Raimo Bakis, Eniafe Festus Ayetiran, Michael Amsler, Nabil Abdullah, César Aguilar, Olga Acosta, Rodolfo Delmonte, Bernadette Sharp

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Michaela Regneri and Diane King

Automatically Evaluating Atypical Language in Narratives by Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Abstract: We conducted an automatic analysis of transcribed narratives by children with autistic spectrum disorder. Compared to previous work, we use a much larger dataset with control groups that allow for the distinction between delayed language development and autism-specific difficulties, and that allows differentiation between episodic and generalized narratives. We show differences related to expression of sentiment, topic coherence and general language level. Some features thought to be autism-specific present as delayed language development.

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