'Why sally never calls bobby "I"' revisited: An alternative perspective on language and early self development
In this article, I consider the question posed by Boesch (2003) in his commentary that appeared in response to issues raised in Coehlo and Figueiredo's (2003) discussion of intersubjectivity. I begin with an overview of an alternative view of language to the one adopted in Boesch's question, one that starts from a usage-based approach. Next I move on to consider empirical findings from recent research that examines language and the construction of self. Agreeing with Boesch's central claim, this article nevertheless offers a distinct view of the connection between language and human development suggesting that language not only provides a tool for the researcher, but also provides a powerful means for the child to come to interpret culturally sanctioned ways of being in the world.
Culture and Psychology
Budwig, Nancy, "'Why sally never calls bobby "I"' revisited: An alternative perspective on language and early self development" (2004). Psychology. 192.