Why Language Matters for Theory of Mind [NOOK Book]

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This volume is a state-of-the-art account of the latest conceptual and empirical advances in children's theory of mind. The contributors consider the links between theory of mind and language from both communicational and representational perspectives because language serves both of these different functions - that is, social communication in conversation and internal, verbal representation. They also present research from a variety of populations - typically developing children, children with autism, and deaf ...
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Overview

This volume is a state-of-the-art account of the latest conceptual and empirical advances in children's theory of mind. The contributors consider the links between theory of mind and language from both communicational and representational perspectives because language serves both of these different functions - that is, social communication in conversation and internal, verbal representation. They also present research from a variety of populations - typically developing children, children with autism, and deaf children. The result is a kaleidoscope view of the complexity of the relationship between language and theory of mind that provides a variety of answers to the question of why language matters for theory of mind.
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"...very interesting reading."--PsycCRITIQUES

"...this book offers all the inspiration and a good deal of the background necessary for child language researchers to start contributing to ToM-language debate."--Child Language

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195347845
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/24/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

University of Toronto

Villanova University

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : why language matters 3
2 Language pathways into the community of minds 26
3 Communication, relationships, and individual differences in children's understanding of mind 50
4 Conversation, pretense, and theory of mind 70
5 Talking about "new" information : the given/new distinction and children's 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
8 Language and the development of cognitive flexibility : implications for theory of mind 144
9 Representational development and false-belief understanding 163
10 Can language acquisition give children a point of view? 186
11 What does "that" have to do with point off view? : conflicting desires and "want" in German 220
12 Linguistic communication and social understanding 245
13 The role of language in theory-of-mind development : what deaf children tell us 266
14 How language facilitates the acquisition of false-belief understanding in children with autism 298
15 Genetic and environmental influences on individual differences in language and theory of mind : common or distinct? 319
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