Elisabet Vila

elisabetBI was born in Berga, Catalonia and graduated with the degrees of Translation and Interpreting, and in Linguistics at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) in 2011. My interest on psycholinguistics led me to conduct my final project of the Linguistics degree about language in ASD children. I also worked as a technical staff in a phonetics and phonology project in UPF. In 2011, I started my master in Applied Linguistics and Language Acquisition in Multilingual Contexts at the Universitat de Barcelona, where I also started my PhD in the program on Cognitive Science and Language, under the supervision of Professor Joana Roselló Ximenes and Professor Wolfram Hinzen. Since I started my PhD, I am also a teacher at Escola Xarxa (Berga).

My main research interest is the study of linguistic abnormalities across the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in order to achieve a more fine-grained linguistic profile through the spectrum. In more concrete terms, I am focused on the complexity of grammar in children with ASD between 6-14 years old. My research is focused on ASD comprehension of different types of questions in comparison to typically developing children and children with intellectual disability. This linguistic ability may influence their performance in ToM tasks and visual support may help with that. I am working on the hypothesis that there is a correlation between this linguistic profile and the cognitive which can provide a better understanding of the role of language in mind.


2019 (Wolfram Hinzen, Dominika Slušná, Kristen Schroeder, Gabriel Sevilla and Elisabet Vila Borrellas): “Mind-Language = ? The significance of non-verbal autism”. Mind & Language, 2019: 1-25.

2019 (Elisabet Vila, Joana Rosselló and Wolfram Hinzen): “Question comprehension in autism spectrum conditions”. At the “Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development (BCCCD 19)” (Budapest, 3rd-5th January).

2018 (Elisabet Vila, Joana Rosselló and Wolfram Hinzen): “Profiling question comprehension at the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum disorder”. At the “Semantics and Philosophy in Europe 10 (SPE10)” (Barcelona, 17th-19th December).

2018 (Elisabet Vila, Joana Rosselló and Wolfram Hinzen): “Comprehension of interrogative sentences in autism spectrum disorder”. At the “International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting (INSAR Annual Meeting 2018)” (Rotterdam, 9th-12th May).

2018 (Elisabet Vila, Joana Rosselló and Wolfram Hinzen): “Profiling question comprehension in autism spectrum disorders”. At the “Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development (BCCCD 18)” (Budapest, 4th-6th January).

2016 (Elisabet Vila, Kristen Schroeder, Joana Rosselló and Wolfram Hinzen): “Aproximación al lenguaje en el trastorno del espectro autista”. Revista de psicopatología y salud mental del niño y del adolescente, 27, pp. 83-90.

2015 (Wolfram Hinzen, Joana Rosselló, Otávio Mattos, Kristen Schroeder and Elisabet Vila): “The image of mind in the language of autistic children”. Frontiers in Psychology, 6(841): [DOI: 10.3389/psyg.2015.00841].

2015 (Otávio Mattos, Elisabet Vila, Camelia Dascalu and Kristen Schroeder): “Correlations between atypical language development and the overuse of imperative communication in autism”. At the conference “Autism and the Foundations of Language and Communication” (Dublin, 27th-29th March).

2011: “L’ensenyament dels infants autistes“. Recercat. https://www.recercat.cat/handle/2072/318306


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