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The acquisition of the Arabic construct state (CS) constructions by Arabic-speaking children with ASD

Abdel Rahman Mitib Altakhaineh (Al Ain University of Science and Technology, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates)
Razan N. Alkhatib (Al Ain University of Science and Technology, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates)

Advances in Autism

ISSN: 2056-3868

Article publication date: 29 May 2019

Issue publication date: 30 August 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether age plays a role in the acquisition of construct state (CS) constructions in Arabic by 14 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It also examined the challenges faced by children with ASD in producing different types of CS constructions. Finally, the study analysed the sources of difficulties children with ASD encounter during the learning process of the CS.

Design/methodology/approach

For the purposes of this study, the participants were asked to orally complete short sentences with the help of illustrative pictures.

Findings

Results revealed that the age of the 14 children with ASD plays a role in the acquisition of CS constructions. Children of age 12–15 performed better than those of age 8 and 10. Results also showed that children with ASD performed better in producing phrases rather than compounds. Moreover, the participants performed better on endocentric compounds as opposed to exocentric ones. Finally, analysing the errors produced on the text revealed that the acquisition of head direction precedes definiteness.

Originality/value

The topic of the study has not been investigated yet and the study concluded with some important findings concerning teaching Arabic CS to children with ADS.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the two anonymous reviewers and the editor-in-chief of Advances in Autism journal for their useful comments on an earlier draft of the paper. The authors would also like to thank the members of staff and participants of Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, for their full co-operation. All remaining errors and inaccuracies are, of course, of authors’ alone.

Citation

Altakhaineh, A.R.M. and Alkhatib, R.N. (2019), "The acquisition of the Arabic construct state (CS) constructions by Arabic-speaking children with ASD", Advances in Autism, Vol. 5 No. 4, pp. 255-267. https://doi.org/10.1108/AIA-01-2019-0003

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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