Research report 2016 - Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Social determinants of human communication

Bohn, Manuel; Stöber, Gregor
Vergleichende und Entwicklungspsychologie (Michael Tomasello)
Like no other medium, language transports meaning in interactions. Recent studies highlight (1) how meaning is constituted through shared social experience in interactions with preverbal infants, (2) that different social contexts can modify the meaning of gestures in the second year of life, and (3) that young children can establish meaning in original ways when encountering cooperative contexts that limit the use of linguistic communication.

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