Cross-neurotype communication: the double empathy problem and relevance theory

  • Gemma Williams (Presenter)

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk


At AMASE's first Linguistics and Autistics event, Gemma Williams talks about pragmatics - the study of the meaning of language in social context.

Her PhD work applies relevance theory to the question of why so many misunderstandings occur between autistic and non-autistic people. This problem has traditionally been ascribed to autistic people lacking empathy, but more recent work has shown that failures of empathy and understanding go in both directions between autistic and non-autistic people.

Period13 Oct 2022
Event titleAutistic Mutual Aid Society Edinburgh (AMASE) “Linguistic Autistics” seminar series, online
Event typeSeminar
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map