Further development in social reasoning revealed in discourse irony understanding.

  title={Further development in social reasoning revealed in discourse irony understanding.},
  author={E. B. Filippova and Janet Wilde Astington},
  journal={Child development},
  volume={79 1},
This study describes the development of social reasoning in school-age children. An irony task is used to assess 5-, 7-, and 9-year-olds' (N= 72) and adults' (N= 24) recursive understanding of others' minds. Guttman scale analysis demonstrates that in order to understand a speaker's communicative intention, a child needs to recognize the speaker's belief, the detection of which depends on the ability to identify the discrepancy between the intended and the expressed meaning. Only children who… CONTINUE READING

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