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From co-actions to intersubjectivity throughout Chinese ontogeny: A usage-based analysis of knowledge ascription and expected agreement

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From co-actions to intersubjectivity throughout Chinese ontogeny : A usage-based analysis of knowledge ascription and expected agreement. / Tantucci, Vittorio; Wang, Aiqing.

In: Journal of Pragmatics, Vol. 167, 01.10.2020, p. 98-115.

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title = "From co-actions to intersubjectivity throughout Chinese ontogeny: A usage-based analysis of knowledge ascription and expected agreement",
abstract = "This study is based on a novel model of analysis proposed in (Author 2018) that combines results from experimental research in theory of mind (ToM) (Goldman 2006; Apperly 2010; Wilkinson & Ball 2012) with the notion of intersubjectivity in usage-based linguistics (i.a. Verhagen 2005; Nuyts 2012; Traugott 2012). The present approach to intersubjectivtiy is based on a mismatch between interaction as mere {\textquoteleft}co-action{\textquoteright} vs. interaction as spontaneously communicated awareness of an(other) mind(s). We provide two case studies centred on the first language acquisition of the aspectual/evidential marker 过 guo and the sentence-final particle 吧 ba in Mandarin. A combination of multiple correspondence analysis and mixed effects logistic regression of spontaneous use of the two markers indicates that, beyond expressions of joint attention, children{\textquoteright}s ToM ability progressively underpins {\textquoteleft}ad-hoc{\textquoteright} generalised instantiations of extended intersubjectivity. Extended intersubjectivity underpins the socio-cognitive skill to overtly problematise what a general persona would act, feel, know, or potentially think in a specific context (Author 2018). This usage-based model further supports the evolutionary hypothesis of a shift from triadic to collective intentionality (cf. Tomasello 2019: 7).",
keywords = "first language acquisition, evidentiality, Chinese, speech acts, corpus based, intersubjectivity, theory of mind",
author = "Vittorio Tantucci and Aiqing Wang",
note = "This is the author{\textquoteright}s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Pragmatics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Pragmatics, 167, 2020 DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2020.05.011",
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