Journal of Logic, Language and Information

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 467–487 | Cite as

Discourse Processing in Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Michiel van Lambalgen
  • Claudia van Kruistum
  • Esther Parigger


ADHD is a psychiatric disorder characterised by persistent and developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. It is known that children with ADHD tend to produce incoherent discourses, e.g. by narrating events out of sequence. Here the aetiology of ADHD becomes of interest. One prominent theory is that ADHD is an executive function disorder, showing deficiencies of planning. Given the close link between planning, verb tense and discourse coherence postulated in van Lambalgen and Hamm (The proper treatment of events, 2004), we predicted specific deviations in the verb tenses produced by children with ADHD. Here we report on an experiment corroborating these predictions.


ADHD Verb tense Planning Discourse models 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michiel van Lambalgen
    • 1
  • Claudia van Kruistum
    • 1
  • Esther Parigger
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Logic, Language and ComputationUniversity of AmsterdemAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Amsterdam Centre for Language and CommunicationUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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