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ERIC Number: EJ784707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Further Development in Social Reasoning Revealed in Discourse Irony Understanding
Filippova, Eva; Astington, Janet Wilde
Child Development, v79 n1 p126-138 Jan-Feb 2008
This study describes the development of social reasoning in school-age children. An irony task is used to assess 5-, 7-, and 9-year-olds' (N = 72) and adults' (N = 24) recursive understanding of others' minds. Guttman scale analysis demonstrates that in order to understand a speaker's communicative intention, a child needs to recognize the speaker's belief, the detection of which depends on the ability to identify the discrepancy between the intended and the expressed meaning. Only children who understand these aspects of mind are able to reflect on the speaker's attitude. Theory of mind and language ability make unique contributions to children's interpretation of irony over and above the impact of age and memory, but attunement to expressive prosody does not.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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