Theory of Mind and Language in Developmental Contexts

  • Alessandro Antonietti
  • Olga Liverta-Sempio
  • Antonella Marchetti

Part of the The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality book series (SSHE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Alessandro Antonietti, Olga Liverta-Sempio, Antonella Marchetti, Janet W. Astington
    Pages 1-30
  3. David R. Olson, Alessandro Antonietti, Olga Liverta-Sempio, Antonella Marchetti
    Pages 31-64
  4. Angeline Lillard
    Pages 65-76
  5. Marilyn Shatz, Jennifer Dyer, Antonella Marchetti, Davide Massaro
    Pages 93-106
  6. Michael Siegal, Rosemary Varley, Stephen C. Want
    Pages 107-119
  7. Antonella Marchetti, Olga Liverta-Sempio, Flavia Lecciso
    Pages 121-147
  8. Joan Lucariello, Mary Le Donne, Tina Durand, Lisa Yarnell
    Pages 149-171
  9. Silvia Gilardi, Andreina Bruno, Cristina Pezzotta
    Pages 173-192
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 193-198

About this book


How we think and speak is a reflection of our shared cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Theory of Mind and Language in Different Developmental Contexts blazes new trails in the study of the relationship between the theory of mind—that is, the ability to attribute mental states as the basis of behavior and social interaction—and language.

This volume examines the linguistic variables within developmental contexts, including:

Different levels of analysis.

Intercultural differences (e.g., Western, non-Western).

Intracultural differences (e.g., socioeconomic status).

Conditions of development as well as typical and atypical functions.

Contexts of usage, including personal, social, and business interactions.

Each chapter focuses on issues and methodologies to provide a comprehensive overview of current studies on the relationship between the theory of mind and language. Data and working strategies are provided for clinicians, educators, and other mental health professionals. This volume is a must-have for developmental, cognitive, and clinical psychologists and researchers interested in the most up-to-date information on theory of mind and language.


Action behavior development language mind

Editors and affiliations

  • Alessandro Antonietti
    • 1
  • Olga Liverta-Sempio
    • 1
  • Antonella Marchetti
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCatholic University of Sacred HeartMilanItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-24994-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-24997-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-5642
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