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ERIC Number: EJ1063092
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0271-8294
The Role of Language in Theory of Mind Development
de Villiers, Jill G.; de Villiers, Peter A.
Topics in Language Disorders, v34 n4 p313-328 Oct-Dec 2014
Various arguments are reviewed about the claim that language development is critically connected to the development of theory of mind. The different theories of how language could help in this process of development are explored. A brief account is provided of the controversy over the capacities of infants to read others' false beliefs. Then the empirical literature on the steps in theory of mind development is summarized, considering studies on both typically developing and various language-delayed children. Suggestions are made for intervention by speech language pathologists to enhance the child's access to understanding the minds of others.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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