Cited by Lee Sonogan
Abstract by Bart Geurts
Linguistic research has revealed several pathways of language change that may guide our understanding of the evolution of mental-state attribution. In particular, it turns out that, in many languages, quotative verbs have been exapted for attributing a variety of mental states, including beliefs and intentions. In such languages, the literal translation of, “Betty said: ‘There will be war’”, may be used not only to quote Betty’s words, but also to convey that she thought or intended there to be war. This paper presents a model of the pragmatic shifts underlying this pathway, and proposes an evolutionary trajectory from quotation to the public practice of attributing beliefs and intentions, and thence to implicit belief/intention attribution.
Publication: Mind & Langauge (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
Pub Date: 24 Aug, 2021 Doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/mila.12345
Keywords: First Saying, The Believing, Pragmatic Roots, Psychology
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