On Negation. What do we need to “say no”?

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By looking at first-language learning, we can see three broad categories in theacquisition of negation (see DIMROTH 2010 for a review):1) rejection/refusal; 2)disappearance/ non-existence/unfulfilled expectation; 3) denial. Denial is the most complexform of negation and the last to be acquired. I present the hypothesis that denial relies onfalse belief understanding. Evidence from normally developed and from Autistic subjectsconfirms this hypothesis. Competence in linguistic denial is usually acquired by the age of 2years and a half and 3 years. According to this hypothesis, the attribution of false beliefunderstanding could be lowered to the age of about 2 and a half years. Hence,psycholinguistic studies on linguistic negation add further evidence that shows that the falsebelief test is not a reliable proof of a complex mindreading ability.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)47-55
Numero di pagine9
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2011

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