Verbs, Actions, and Intentions

Douglas A. Behrend and Jason Scofield

in Action Meets Word

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195170009
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893300 | DOI:
Verbs, Actions, and Intentions

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This chapter investigates the interrelatedness of human actions, the intentions that guide those actions, and the language used to label and describe those actions. It describes several studies which have attempted to empirically document the ways in which intentions, actions, and verbs are related in young children's growing understanding of the physical, mental, and linguistic world around them. The chapter concludes by suggesting a model in which developmental achievements in both language development and in early theory of mind — as documented by children's growing sophistication in their understanding of the intentional basis of human behavior — mutually and reciprocally influence each other in nontrivial manners.

Keywords: human actions; verbs; intentions; language development

Chapter.  11021 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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