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How do infants understand pointing actions?
Hypothesis: ‘shared intentionality’ / communicative intention
‘infant pointing is best understood---on many levels and in many ways---as depending on uniquely human skills and motivations for cooperation and , which enable such things as joint intentions and joint attention in truly collaborative interactions with others (Bratman, 1992; Searle, 1995).’
Tomasello et al (2007, p. 706)
Why suppose this?
Hare & Tomasello, 2004
‘to understand pointing, the subject needs to understand more than the individual goal-directed behaviour. She needs to understand that by pointing towards a location, the other attempts to communicate to her where a desired object is located’
Moll & Tomasello, 2007 p. 6