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date: 30 October 2020

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This article examines the relationship between the conception of self and early childhood autism. It highlights the difficulties of autistic children in using personal pronouns which reflect the lack of coherency in their practices of self-reference, or in co-reference between self and other. It suggests that autistic children have trouble experiencing and understanding themselves as selves in relation to other people with selves of their own.

Keywords: autism, self, autistic children, personal pronouns, self-reference

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