Immediate and extended intersubjectification in language change:beyond the opposition between ‘theory-theory’ and ‘simulation-theory’

Tantucci, Vittorio (2014) Immediate and extended intersubjectification in language change:beyond the opposition between ‘theory-theory’ and ‘simulation-theory’. In: Foundations of Mind, 2014-03-062014-03-07, California.

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Abstract

This paper provides a usage-based study on the diachronic and conceptual relationship between mindreading (or theory of mind) and language change. A particular emphasis is given to the two models known in cognitive neurosciences as ‘theory-theory’ (TT) and ‘simulation-theory’ (ST). While the former holds that people somehow acquire a general ‘theory’ of the mental domain (a sort of 'folk-psychology' analogous to their theories of the physical world) the latter addresses mindreading as a simulation process (cf. Goldman 2006). The present study suggests that ST and TT might coexist along a conceptual continuum running from a more representational and imaginative form of mindreading process to a more inferential and generalised one. As ST presents many affinities with linguistic constructions marking the awareness of a specific addressee, TT appears to be comparatively more compatible with the semantics of intersubjectified constructions encoding a more extended form of awareness of the other persona(s’) mind(s). The former phenomenon is defined in language as immediate intersubjectivity (I-I), while the latter is identified as extended intersubjectivity (E-I) (cf. Tantucci 2013). I-I and E-I constitute two different stages along a general diachronic cline of change of a linguistic construction or lexeme.

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Foundations of Mind
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07 Jul 2014 11:47
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