The Social Dimension in Language Development

Shannon M. Pruden, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

in The Development of Social Engagement

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195168716
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847853 | DOI:

Series: Series in Affective Science

The Social Dimension in Language Development

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This chapter suggests a strong correlation between social and cognitive development. The emergentist coalition model (ECM) is a useful tool in reevaluating our concept of the relationship between social cognition and language in typical populations. The model could aid us in gaining a better understanding of how the behaviours interrelate in atypical populations and may point to the new frontier of research in language and neuropsychology. The ECM approach is not limited to the mere search for a single-factor explanation for language development. It motivates consideration of multiple correlated factors when analyzing complex behaviour, and the search for both the biological foundations of language and the role of the interacting factors along the path toward language competence.

Keywords: language development; social development; cognitive development; coalition model; social cognition; complex behaviour; language competence

Chapter.  15963 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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