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I've heard many people say that individuals with Asperger's Syndrome seem to have a distinctive way of speaking the English language.

I've heard descriptions such as "The cadence of the words is different", but I've been wondering if there is a more general way of describing this difference.

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Sufferers often speak in a monotone (i.e. - a "flat" voice with little cadence at all). –  FumbleFingers Jan 25 '12 at 19:14
    
Cadence as in tone or as in rhythm? –  horatio Jan 25 '12 at 19:30
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Not an answerable question - there are many degrees of Aspergers, and a variety of different speech impediments. –  Rory Alsop Jan 25 '12 at 19:37
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Not a question about how English is pronounced. Marked speech differences associated with Asperger's Syndrome are language neutral. –  MετάEd Jan 25 '12 at 23:25
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The NIH describes it as "speaking in an overly formal manner or in a monotone:"

Children with AS want to know everything about their topic of interest and their conversations with others will be about little else. Their expertise, high level of vocabulary, and formal speech patterns make them seem like little professors.

Their speech may be marked by a lack of rhythm, an odd inflection, or a monotone pitch.

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