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Language in Autism: Pragmatics and Theory of Mind: Jennifer Barnes and Simon Baron-Cohen

It has been suggested that the skills required to interpret social interaction are the same skills necessary for understanding the ctional content of narratives (e.g., movies, books, storytelling, or theater; Mar, 2004; Mar, Oatley, Hirsh, de la Paz, & Peterson, 2006; Oatley, 1994, 1999). Although lm-production and book writing are only seen in some cultures, across cultures humans engage in storytelling (Scalise Sugiyama, 1996). In this chapter, we examine narrative production and comprehension in terms of cognitive mechanisms that subserve pragmatics.