The semantics and pragmatics of belief reports in preschoolers

Shevaun Lewis, Jeffrey Lidz, Valentine Hacquard

Abstract


Children under 4 years have been claimed to lack adult-like semantic representations of belief verbs like ‘think’. Based on two experiments involving a truth-value judgment task, we argue that 4-year olds’ apparently deviant interpretations arise from pragmatic difficulty understanding the relevance of belief, rather than from conceptual or semantic immaturity. 


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/salt.v22i0.3085

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