Discourse Analysis – Theory of Mind

Hey, so for the past five days, I have been writing a paper for one of my classes.  I am doing a discourse analysis of a blog that was written by a person who self-identifies as being autistic.  One of the things that I have been curious about is the writing characteristics of people with autism with an emphasis in engaging the audience.  Theory of mind would state that it is very unlikely that they would engage the audience in the same way and to the same degree as neurotypicals.

Is this my thesis?  Maybe, I just don’t know how this could fit in with identity yet.  I have a possible way of testing out this idea where I compile a blog of a person who identifies as neurotypical and find the ratio between self pronouns (I, me, my, etc.) and engaging pronouns (you) there.  But now as I think about it, perhaps I am being unfair because I am comparing three words to one which is almost automatically going to skew the results.  So what if I would compare self pronoun (I) in all of its forms (I’ve, I’m, etc.) with engaging pronoun (you) and all of its forms (You’ve You’re, etc.).  That way, I am not skewing the results.  I’m gonna try it.

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