Lexical Pragmatics and Theory of Mind
The acquisition of connectives
Sandrine Zufferey | University of Geneva
The concept of theory of mind (ToM), a hot topic in cognitive psychology for the past twenty-five years, has gained increasing importance in the fields of linguistics and pragmatics. However, even though the relationship between ToM and verbal communication is now recognized, the extent, causality and full implications of this connection remain mostly to be explored. This book presents a comprehensive discussion of the interface between language, communication, and theory of mind, and puts forward an innovative proposal regarding the role of discourse connectives for this interface. The proposed analysis of connectives is tested from the perspective of their acquisition, using empirical methods such as corpus analysis and controlled experiments, thus placing the study of connectives within the emerging framework of experimental pragmatics.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 201] 2010. ix, 192 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments | p. ix
Introduction | pp. 1–3
Chapter 1. The concept of theory of mind in pragmatics | pp. 5–25
Chapter 2. The co-acquisition of language and theory of mind | pp. 27–51
Chapter 3. Insights from autism on language and theory of mind | pp. 53–72
Chapter 4. Language as a window into children's developing theory of mind | pp. 73–95
Chapter 5. Discourse connectives and theory of mind | pp. 97–122
Chapter 6. Empirical study on the acquisition of the French connective parce que | pp. 123–146
Chapter 7. Empirical study on the acquisition of the French connective puisque | pp. 147–172
Conclusion | pp. 173–176
Index | pp. 191–192
“Lexical Pragmatics and Theory of Mind is a thorough investigation of the development of theory of mind and its role in linguistic communication of French-speaking children. Being centered on relatively seldom investigated linguistic structures, based on metarepresentation, for instance connectives such as "since", it is an extremely valuable contribution to a field which is presently the focus of a lot of attention.”
Anne Reboul, Institute for Cognitive Science, Lyon, France
“Sandrine Zufferey's work belongs to a new type of linguistic research, combining strong theoretical issues and precise empirical results, coming from psycholinguistic and corpus methods. The result is not only impressive: it is a real contribution to the knowledge of the semantics and pragmatics of connectives.”
Jacques Moeschler, Department of Linguistics, University of Geneva
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Main BIC Subject
CFDC: Language acquisition
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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