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Title:The theory of mind's role in pronoun acquisition : the phenomenon of pronoun reversal in typically developing children
Authors:ID Mazzaggio, Greta (Author)
Work type:Unknown
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:UNG - University of Nova Gorica
Abstract:This study’s aim is to understand how children learn first- and second-person singular pronouns. Many researchers tried to find possible connection between Theory of Mind (ToM) and the acquisition of pronouns. The ability to produce and comprehend first- and second-person singular pronouns seems closely linked with the ability to appreciate other people’s mental states: a lack or non-mature development of ToM may thus affect their competence in using pronouns. To strengthen this hypothesis we focused on the phenomenon of pronoun reversal, which mainly consists in the substitution of I for you, and you for I, testing a group of 17 typically developing children - 38 to 70 months of age. Due to its pro-drop classification, Italian is the focus language of this study. The outcome showed a correlation between the phenomena of ToM and pronoun reversal. Further research should focus on the directionality of this correlation and better our understanding of its meaning.
Keywords:pronoun reversal, pronouns, echolalia, theory of mind, typically developing children, psycholinguistics
Year of publishing:2016
Number of pages:str. 55-69
PID:20.500.12556/RUNG-6747 New window
COBISS.SI-ID:78018563 New window
ISSN on article:Y509-1861
Publication date in RUNG:27.09.2021
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Title:Studies in the linguistic sciences
Publisher:Department of Linguistics, University of Illinois
COBISS.SI-ID:77754115 New window