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Jeu et langage en développement : entre fonction sémiotique et théorie de l'esprit

Abstract : This paper presents first an overview of play considering current debates on its definition and functions. It focuses then on pretend play, placing it in its developmental context and bringing forth its links with Theory of Mind. After having mentioned the different kinds of relations between pretend play and language usually addressed in the literature, it introduces a new approach where pretend play, language and ToM rejoin each other. The analysis of children's choice of the aspects of pretend play that are verbalized reveal a developmental change, with low informative language being replaced by more informative one (language that specifies, enriches or creates fiction). This change occurs when other types of informative uses of language, in particular, references to past events and justifications, appear. Language in pretend play becomes thus an ecological tool to evaluate the early development of children's theory of mind.
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Edy Veneziano. Jeu et langage en développement : entre fonction sémiotique et théorie de l'esprit. Rééducation orthophonique, Ortho édition, 2010, 244, pp.35-51. ⟨halshs-00613901⟩



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