Released on 2005-03-24Categories Psychology

Why Language Matters for Theory of Mind

Why Language Matters for Theory of Mind

Author: Janet Wilde Astington

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195347845

Category: Psychology

Page: 368

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"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.
Released on 1996-01-23Categories Philosophy

Readings in Language and Mind

Readings in Language and Mind

Author: Heimir Geirsson

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 1557866708

Category: Philosophy

Page: 600

View: 255

This is an anthology of landmark essays in the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and cognitive science since 1950. It includes essays that aim to reflect the fact that philosophy and the science of mind and language have close historical and conceptual ties. Each section begins with a brief and simple overview highlighting the issues and recommending other readings. The combination of this editorial material with a selection of classic essays makes this anthology a very flexible tool for introductory courses in cognitive science, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and philosophy of psychology as well as courses devoted to contemporary analytic philosophy. However, the book also contains significant advanced and recent material, making it suitable for more advanced stud, including beginning graduate courses.
Released on 2014-11-20Categories Philosophy

Mind, Language and Subjectivity

Mind, Language and Subjectivity

Author: Nicholas Georgalis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317635208

Category: Philosophy

Page: 260

View: 417

In this monograph Nicholas Georgalis further develops his important work on minimal content, recasting and providing novel solutions to several of the fundamental problems faced by philosophers of language. His theory defends and explicates the importance of ‘thought-tokens’ and minimal content and their many-to-one relation to linguistic meaning, challenging both ‘externalist’ accounts of thought and the solutions to philosophical problems of language they inspire. The concepts of idiolect, use, and statement made are critically discussed, and a classification of kinds of utterances is developed to facilitate the latter. This is an important text for those interested in current theories and debates on philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and their points of intersection.
Released on 2011-04-27Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

Language and Bilingual Cognition

Language and Bilingual Cognition

Author: Reader in Applied Linguistics Vivian Cook

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9781136866401

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 608

View: 415

This volume provides a state-of-the-art overview of the relationship between language and cognition with a focus on bilinguals, bringing together contributions from international leading figures in various disciplines . It is essential reading for researchers and postgraduate students with an interest in language and cognition, or in bilingualism and second languages.
Released on 1975Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

The Language of Thought

The Language of Thought

Author: Jerry A. Fodor

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674510305

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 214

View: 240

In a compelling defense of the speculative approach to the philosophy of mind, Jerry Fodor argues that, while our best current theories of cognitive psychology view many higher processes as computational, computation itself presupposes an internal medium of representation. Fodor's prime concerns are to buttress the notion of internal representation from a philosophical viewpoint, and to determine those characteristics of this conceptual construct using the empirical data available from linguistics and cognitive psychology.
Released on 2022-06-30Categories Philosophy

The Human Mind through the Lens of Language

The Human Mind through the Lens of Language

Author: Nirmalangshu Mukherji

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350062696

Category: Philosophy

Page: 280

View: 480

Most living forms in nature display various cognitive abilities in their behaviour. However, except for humans, no other animal builds fires and wheels, navigates with maps and tells stories to other conspecifics. We can witness this unique feature of the human mind in almost everything humans do, such as painting, singing and cooking; there is an underlying sense of unity in the generative part of these systems despite wide differences in what they are about. This book introduces, defends and develops a novel philosophical approach to the study of the generative mind. Nirmalangshu Mukherji argues for a single, species-specific generative principle that accounts for the human ability to combine symbolic forms without bound in each domain that falls under the generative mind.
Released on 2014-10-21Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

Psycholinguistics

Psycholinguistics

Author: Danny D. Steinberg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1138837199

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 464

View: 210

How do we learn to produce and comprehend speech? How does language relate to thought? This second edition of the successful text Psycholinguistics- Language, Mind and World considers the psychology of language as it relates to learning, mind and brain as well as various aspects of society and culture. Current issues and research topics are presented in an in-depth manner, although little or no specific knowledge of any topic is presupposed. The book is divided into four main parts: First Language Learning Second Language Learning Language, Mind and Brain Mental Grammar and Language Processing These four sections include chapters covering areas such as- deaf language education, first language acquisition and first language reading, second language acquisition, language teaching and the problems of bilingualism. Updated throughout, this new edition also considers and proposes new theories in psycholinguistics and linguistics, and introduces a new theory of grammar, Natural Grammar, which is the only current grammar that is based on the primacy of the psycholinguistic process of speech comprehension, derives speech production from that process. Written in an accessible and fluent style, Psycholinguistics- Language, Mind and World will be of interest to students, lecturers and researchers from linguistics, psychology, philosophy and second language teaching.
Released on 2008-02-11Categories Philosophy

Mind and Cognition

Mind and Cognition

Author: William G. Lycan

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131764743

Category: Philosophy

Page: 877

View: 199

Designed for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, this text provides the reader with an overview of the complex, sophisticated and sometimes conflicting developments in theories of mind that have taken place over the last 40 years.
Released on 1983-01-01Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

Pragmatics and the Philosophy of Mind: Thought in language

Pragmatics and the Philosophy of Mind: Thought in language

Author: Marcelo Dascal

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027225030

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 207

View: 203

This volume deals with the relation between pragmatics and the philosophy of mind. Unlike most of the books written on the subject, it does not defend the view that a specific form of dependence holds between language and thought, to the exclusion of all other possible relations. Taking pragmatics in its original sense of “that part of semiotics that is concerned with the users of a semiotic system”, the book analyses the nature of the mental processes and states mirrored in language use. Drawing on results from cognitive psychology, the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of language, linguistics, etc., a unified view of the mental dimension in the use of language, both as an instrument of communication and as an instrument of thought, is offered. After offering a tour d'horizon of the relationship between language and mind, this volume deals with the way thought is manifested in language.