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Thursday 7 September, 2017


Irony comprehension from 4 to 9: the role of language and theory of mind

Speaker: Francesca Panzeri, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
Speaker: Alessandro Bogani, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

Authors: Beatrice Giustolisi, Alessandro Bogani, Francesca Panzeri

The present work aims at (i) delineating the developmental trajectory of irony comprehension in typically developing children, and (ii) identifying which (cognitive or linguistic) abilities better predict irony understanding. We tested 21 preschoolers and 56 schoolchildren (1st to 3rd grade) on an Irony comprehension task (6 ironic and 4 literal remarks) that required the identification of speaker meaning and speaker attitude. We found that: (i) accuracy is higher for literal stories than for ironic stories, for schoolchildren than for preschoolers and for ironic criticisms than for ironic compliments; (ii) grammatical knowledge is a significant predictor of accuracy, whereas the effect of 2nd order theory of mind is only marginally significant. Our results are in accordance to the hypothesis that linguistic competence constitutes a better predictor for figurative language comprehension. We propose that structural language skills are the strongest building block for irony acquisition.

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