Cross-Linguistic Developmental Evidence of Implicit Causality In Visual Perception and Cognition Verbs

  • Fabia Franco
  • Alessandra Tasso
  • M. Chiara Levorato
  • James Russell


The general background of this investigation is the study of the development of language as related to mental or psychological activities. Research in “theory of mind” has shown interesting relationships between the development of children’s understanding of mental life and the development of language in the early years (e.g.Bretherton & Beeghley, 1982; Bartsch & Wellman, 1995). Moreover, it has been suggested that children’s knowledge about mental verbs may be linked specifically to later developments of “theory of mind” in children (Moore & Furrow, 1991; Schwanenflugel et al., 1996).


Visual Perception Sentence Context Experience Verb English Child Italian Child 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fabia Franco
    • 1
  • Alessandra Tasso
    • 2
  • M. Chiara Levorato
    • 2
  • James Russell
    • 3
  1. 1.University of MiddlesexUK
  2. 2.University of PadovaItaly
  3. 3.University of CambridgeUK

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