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Individual differences in children’s pragmatic ability: a review of associations with formal language, social cognition and executive functions

Matthews, Danielle, Abbot-Smith, Kirsten, Biney, Hannah (2018) Individual differences in children’s pragmatic ability: a review of associations with formal language, social cognition and executive functions. In: Social Communication Across the Lifespan, 27th-29th June 2018, Canterbury, Kent. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Children vary in their ability to use language in social contexts and this has important consequences for wellbeing. We review over 50 studies that tested whether individual differences in pragmatic skill are associated with formal language ability, mentalising and executive functions in both typical and atypical development. The strongest and most consistent associations found were between pragmatic and formal language. Additional associations with mentalising were observed, particularly with discourse contingency and irony understanding. Fewer studies considered executive function and evidence is mixed. To make progress, high-quality studies of specific pragmatic skills are needed to test mechanistic models of development. We propose 6 goals for future research: 1) developing an empirically-based taxonomy of pragmatic skills; 2) establishing which skills matter most for everyday functioning; 3) testing specific hypotheses about information processing; 4) augmenting measures of individual differences; 5) considering a broader set of psychological associates; 6) employing statistical tools that model the nested structure of pragmatics and cognition.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF41 Psychology and philosophy
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Developmental Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Kirsten Abbot-Smith
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2018 13:36 UTC
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 08:25 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/70459 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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