About this Research Topic
As is clear from the examples given above, perspective taking plays a role in a variety of language functions, from reference to irony to narrative writing. There is a rich body of literature on different types of perspective taking in language. Recently, there has been increased attention to perspective taking in both children and adults with pragmatic disorders such as autism. Perspective taking research has also been applied to the domain of visual communication, such as comics and graphic novels. However, the mutual relationships between the different types of perspective taking are still largely unknown. For example, given that the ability to understand what other people see develops earlier than the ability to understand what other people believe, are visual and cognitive perspective taking distinct mental processes? What is the relation between shifting perspectives in conversation to understand whom the pronouns ‘I’ and ‘you’ refer to and shifting perspective between characters in narrative discourse? Can we formulate a definition of perspective taking that encompasses all these different types?
We welcome papers on these and other questions relating to the many forms of perspective taking in language. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Visual/spatial perspective taking, as well as (by metaphorical extension) temporal perspective taking
- Cognitive and emotional perspective taking, Theory of Mind, empathy
- Speaker knowledge vs. hearer knowledge, audience design, common ground, (pronominal) reference, implicatures, irony, metaphor
- Speech reporting, deictic shift, literary/narrative perspective taking
We particularly welcome papers that attempt to build a bridge between two or more types of perspective taking in language.
Special thanks to Raheleh Saryazdi of the University of Toronto for her contribution in delineating this Research Topic theme.
Keywords: perspective taking, language, theory of mind, audience design, narrative
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