Intersubjective Communication and Emotion in Early Ontogeny

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The concept of intersubjectivity is common to approaches to interpersonal engagements in early infancy and children's understanding of others' thought and emotion. It may be understood in terms of interpersonal communication, joint attention or a second-order sense of shared representations. This book brings together for the first time senior international figures in the social and behavioural sciences to examine the role of intersubjectivity in early ontogeny. Together, they offer a new understanding of child development, learning and communication and highlight important comparisons with processes in autism and infant ape development.
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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
Introduction 1
Pt. I Intersubjective attunement in human infancy and impairment in autism
1 The concept and foundations of infant intersubjectivity 15
2 Infant intersubjectivity: broadening the dialogue to include imitation, identity and intention 47
3 Neonatal imitation in the intersubjective companion space 63
4 Imitation in neonates, in older infants and in children with autism: feedback to theory 89
5 Infant learning by altercentric participation: the reverse of egocentric observation in autism 105
Pt. II Companionship and emotional responsiveness in early childhood
6 Contributions of experimental and clinical perturbations of mother-infant communication to the understanding of infant intersubjectivity 127
7 Empathy and its origins in early development 144
8 Siblings, emotion and the development of understanding 158
9 The company children keep: suggestive evidence from cultural studies 169
Pt. III Imitation, emotion and understanding in primate communication
10 Ontogeny, communication and parent-offspring relationships 187
11 Social-experiential contributions to imitation and emotion in chimpanzees 208
12 Imitation: the contributions of priming and program-level copying 228
13 Do concepts of intersubjectivity apply to non-human primates? 245
14 Imitation and the reading of other minds: perspectives from the study of autism, normal children and non-human primates 260
Pt. IV Intersubjective attunement and emotion in language learning and use
15 The intersubjective foundations of thought 283
16 Language, culture and intersubjectivity: the creation of shared perception 297
17 Intersubjectivity in early language learning and use 316
18 Fictional absorption: emotional responses to make-believe 336
19 Intersubjective attunement and linguistically mediated meaning in discourse 354
20 Intersubjective communion and understanding: development and perturbation 372
References 383
Author index 434
Subject index 442
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