Kristen Frances Schroeder

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Visiting address Blindernveien 31 Georg Morgenstiernes hus 0313 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1020 Blindern 0315 OSLO

Academic interests

My research interests pertain to language and communication development among individuals with autism spectrum conditions. In particular, I am interested in better understanding developmental patterns that may be typical of ASC as well as factors that contribute to variability in language outcomes among this diverse population.

I am affiliated with the Creativity and Convention in Pragmatic Development project which aims to account for stages in pragmatic development among both neurotypical and autistic children. Autistic individuals often find non-literal uses of language to be a challenging facet of human communication. Our current research aims to better understand what factors account for these challenges and whether difficulty with non-literal language may be analogous to stages of typical pragmatic development or have a differing etiology. In particular, I am exploring the development of metonymy comprehension across a diverse profile of children and adolescents with ASC.


  • 2019: PhD Cognitive Science and Language, University of Barcelona, Spain (Supervisors: Wolfram Hinzen and Joana Rosselló Ximenes). 
  • 2013: MA, Cognitive Science and Language, University of Barcelona, Spain. (Supervisor: Anna Gavarró) 
  • 2008: BA, English and Spanish, University of California, Davis, USA.

Grants and Funding

  • Postdoctoral research fellowship 2020-2023, Norwegian Research Council, FINNUT

  • Predoctoral fellowship  2014-2109, Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness [FFI2013-40526P]



Papers in progress

Linguistic markers of autism spectrum conditions in narratives: a comprehensive analysis. In preparation. (with J. Rosselló, T. Ribalta, & W. Hinzen)

Comprehension of referential noun phrases in autism spectrum conditions with and without intellectual disability. In preparation. (with J. Rosselló & W. Hinzen). 

Martin, Tx., Schroeder, K., & Hinzen, W. (in press). The cognitive function of determiners. To appear in: The Oxford Handbook of Determiners. Oxford: Oxford University Press.  Chapter. 


Schroeder, K., Durrleman S., Sanfelieu Delgado, A., Masana Marin, A., & Hinzen, W. (2021). Relations between intensionality, theory of mind and complex syntax in autism spectrum conditions, 59, 101071,

Hinzen, W. & Schroeder, K. (2020). Functional categories and neurodiversity. Linguistic Analysis 42 (3-4), 642-676.

Hinzen, W., Slušná, D., Schroeder, K., Sevilla, G., Vila Borrellas, E. Mind–Language = ? The significance of non‐verbal autism. (2019) Mind & Language, 35 (4), 514- 538.

Jensen de Lopez, K., Schroeder, K. & Gavarró, A. (2018). Successful passive sentence comprehension among Danish adolescents with high-functioning autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Language Impairments, 0, 1-16. 

Vila Borrellas, E., Schroeder, K., Rosselló Ximenes, J., & Hinzen, W. (2016). Approach to language in autism spectrum disorders. Journal of psychopathology and mental health of children and adolescents, 83-90.

Hinzen, W., Rosselló, J., Mattos, O., Schroeder, K., & Vila, E. (2015). The image of mind in the language of children with autism. Frontiers in psychology, 6, 841.

Hinzen, W. & Schroeder, K. (2015).  Is the First Person a grammatical concept essentially? Journal of Consciousness Studies, 22 (11-12), 149-179.

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