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The Development of Social EngagementNeurobiological Perspectives$
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Peter J. Marshall and Nathan A. Fox

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195168716

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168716.001.0001

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The Social Dimension in Language Development

The Social Dimension in Language Development

A Rich History and a New Frontier

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The Development of Social Engagement

Shannon M. Pruden

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

Oxford University Press

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

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