Figurative Language comprehension in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (PhD project)

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About the Project

The overarching aim of this Ph.D. project is to investigate figurative language comprehension in:

  • children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • children and adolescents with typical development (TD)

More specifically, the study will focus on the role of structural language skills in figurative language comprehension in these groups. The findings will contribute to the body of knowledge about language profile in ASD.  


The project consists of three parts:

  1. Figurative language comprehension in ASD: a meta-analytic review
  2. A systematic review of figurative language comprehension assessment methods/tools in the context of ASD
  3. An empirical study of metaphor comprehension in monolingual children and adolescents with and without ASD

The relationship between structural language skills and figurative language will be explored by assessing language skills of the participants, using standardized language measures. The results obtained by the standardized measures will be compared to the parental reports, in order to find out whether there is any discrepancy between participants’ performance on the language measures and their functioning in everyday life.



Main supervisor: Associate Professor Kari-Anne Bottegaard Næss

Co-supervisor: Professor Mila Vulchanova and Reseacher (Ph.D.) Terje Nærland

Published Dec. 21, 2015 10:47 AM - Last modified June 24, 2022 1:13 PM