LINGUIST List 32.1631

Tue May 11 2021

Books: Language and Social Minds: Tantucci

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Date: 11-May-2021
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Subject: Language and Social Minds: Tantucci
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Title: Language and Social Minds
Subtitle: The Semantics and Pragmatics of Intersubjectivity
Published: 2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Vittorio Tantucci
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108484824 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108484824 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 85.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108484824 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.20

Combining theory from cognitive semantics and pragmatics, this book offers both a new model and a new usage-based method for the understanding of intersubjectivity, and how social cognition is expressed linguistically at different levels of complexity. Bringing together ideas from linguistics and theory of mind, Tantucci demonstrates the way in which speakers constantly monitor and project their interlocutor's reactions to what is being said, and sets out three distinct categories of social cognition in first language acquisition and language change. He also shows how this model can be applied in different settings and includes a range of examples from languages across the globe, to demonstrate the cross-linguistic universality of the model. Additionally the book offers insights into the gradient dimension of intersubjectivity in language evolution and across the autistic spectrum. Original and innovative, it will be invaluable for researchers in cognitive linguistics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, applied linguistics and cognitive psychology.

1. The Intersubjective Gradience Model – an Introduction; 2. Intersubjective Gradience in Use – from Immediate to Extended Construals of Social Cognition; 3. Social Cognition in a Usage-Based Model of Language Change – from Immediate (I-I) to Extended Intersubjectification (E-I); 4. The Intersubjective Gradience Model Applied – from Immediate (I-I) to Extended Intersubjectification (E-I) throughout Ontogeny; 5. Concluding Remarks.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science

Written In: English (eng)

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