- The immediate and sometimes pathological repetition of the words of others,
often found in autistic children. In delayed echolalia this inappropriate
echoing takes place hours or weeks later.
- Parrot-like repetition of overheard words or fragments of speech. It
may be part of a developmental disorder, a neurologic disorder, or
schizophrenia. Echolalia tends to be repetitive and persistent and is
often uttered with a mocking, mumbling, or staccato intonation. See also
list of neurologic deficits.
Source: Edgerton, Jane E. 1994. American Psychiatric Glossary, 7th Edition.
Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press