Journal of autism and childhood schizophrenia

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 217–222 | Cite as

The use of personal pronouns by autistic children

  • Lawrence Bartak
  • Michael Rutter


Spontaneously echolalic autistic children who had never used the pronoun Iwere exposed to short sentences containing several personal pronouns in all positions in a 3-word utterance. It was found that there was no tendency for children to avoid the repetition of I,once sentence position was controlled. A number of children echoed the final word of the sentence while others repeated the whole utterance. The findings provide no support for a psychogenic theory of speech behavior in autistic children.


School Psychology Autistic Child Final Word Personal Pronoun Short Sentence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence Bartak
    • 1
  • Michael Rutter
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Child Psychiatry, Institute of PsychiatryUniversity of LondonLondonEngland

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