Lexical Pragmatics and Theory of Mind: The Acquisition of Connectives

Zufferey, Sandrine (2010). Lexical Pragmatics and Theory of Mind: The Acquisition of Connectives. Amsterdam: John Benjamins

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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.

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Book (Monograph)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of French Language and Literature

UniBE Contributor:

Zufferey, Sandrine


800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 840 French & related literatures
400 Language > 440 French & related languages




John Benjamins




Sandrine Zufferey

Date Deposited:

25 Apr 2016 09:29

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 14:53



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