- 武庫川女子大学紀要. 人文・社会科学編 (ISSN:09163115)
- vol.60, pp.89-94, 2013-03-31
The significance of the autism echolalia and vocal imitations in 1- year- old normal children is considered from Jacksonistic point of view. In this study, through the observations of the replies or utterances in 1-yearold normal children, it was revealed that the automatic vocal imitations frequently existed immediately before the appearance of the intentional replies or utterances in them. Such automatic responses were thought to play a fixed role in language acquisition and development of communication in 1-year-old normal children. In contrast, the autism echolalia, one kind of the automatic response, in many cases, is not followed by the intentional responses possibly due to a difficulty in the access to the intentional responses or the immaturity of the intentional processes. Recently the autism echolalia seems to have some communicational functions. On the basis of the Jacksonism, such communicational functions of the autism echolalia are assumed to be the products of the lower order automatic responses(echolalia) having accomplished some developmental changes to communicate with other persons.