Why Language Matters for Theory of Mind

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Janet Wilde Astington, Jodie A. Baird
Oxford University Press, 24 мар. 2005 г. - Всего страниц: 368
"Theory of mind" is the phrase researchers use to refer to children's understanding of people as mental beings, who have beliefs, desires, emotions, and intentions, and whose actions and interactions can be interpreted and explained by taking account of these mental states. The gradual development of children's theory of mind, particularly during the early years, is by now well described in the research literature. What is lacking, however, is a decisive explanation of how children acquire this understanding. Recent research has shown strong relations between children's linguistic abilities and their theory of mind. Yet exactly what role these abilities play is controversial and uncertain. The purpose of this book is to provide a forum for the leading scholars in the field to explore thoroughly the role of language in the development of the theory of mind. This volume will appeal to students and researchers in developmental and cognitive psychology.
 

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Why Language Matters
3
2 Language Pathways into the Community of Minds
26
3 Communication Relationships and Individual Differences in Childrens Understanding of Mind
50
4 Conversation Pretense and Theory of Mind
70
The GivenNew Distinction and Childrens Developing Theory of Mind
84
6 The Developmental Origins of Meaning for Mental Terms
106
7 Language Promotes Structural Alignment in the Acquisition of Mentalistic Concepts
123
Implications for Theory of Mind
144
10 Can Language Acquisition Give Children a Point of View?
186
11 What Does That Have to Do with Point of View? Conflicting Desires and Want in German
220
12 Linguistic Communication and Social Understanding
245
What Deaf Children Tell Us
266
14 How Language Facilitates the Acquisition of FalseBelief Understanding in Children with Autism
298
Common or Distinct?
319
Author Index
341
Subject Index
349

9 Representational Development and FalseBelief Understanding
163

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