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dc.contributor.authorRubio-Fernandez, Paula
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-20T17:30:03Z
dc.date.available2021-09-20T17:30:03Z
dc.date.issued2020-07-08
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/131736
dc.description.abstractAbstract Language and Theory of Mind come together in communication, but their relationship has been intensely contested. I hypothesize that pragmatic markers connect language and Theory of Mind and enable their co-development and co-evolution through a positive feedback loop, whereby the development of one skill boosts the development of the other. I propose to test this hypothesis by investigating two types of pragmatic markers: demonstratives (e.g., ‘this’ vs. ‘that’ in English) and articles (e.g., ‘a’ vs. ‘the’). Pragmatic markers are closed-class words that encode non-representational information that is unavailable to consciousness, but accessed automatically in processing. These markers have been associated with implicit Theory of Mind because they are used to establish joint attention (e.g., ‘I prefer that one’) and mark shared knowledge (e.g., ‘We bought the house’ vs. ‘We bought a house’). Here I develop a theoretical account of how joint attention (as driven by the use of demonstratives) is the basis for children’s later tracking of common ground (as marked by definite articles). The developmental path from joint attention to common ground parallels language change, with demonstrative forms giving rise to definite articles. This parallel opens the possibility of modelling the emergence of Theory of Mind in human development in tandem with its routinization across language communities and generations of speakers. I therefore propose that, in order to understand the relationship between language and Theory of Mind, we should study pragmatics at three parallel timescales: during language acquisition, language use, and language change.en_US
dc.publisherSpringer Netherlandsen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-020-02768-zen_US
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dc.sourceSpringer Netherlandsen_US
dc.titlePragmatic markers: the missing link between language and Theory of Minden_US
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eprint.statushttp://purl.org/eprint/status/PeerRevieweden_US
dc.date.updated2020-07-09T05:05:31Z
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