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Tomasello, Michael

Works: 95 works in 511 publications in 11 languages and 18,797 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  History  Festschriften 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Commentator for written text, Other, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Commentator, 070
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Most widely held works by Michael Tomasello
Origins of human communication by Michael Tomasello( )

50 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 2,812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this original and provocative account of the evolutionary origins of human communication, Michael Tomasello connects the fundamentally cooperative structure of human communication (initially discovered by Paul Grice) to the especially cooperative structure of human (as opposed to other primate) social interaction."--Inside jacket
Why we cooperate by Michael Tomasello( )

44 editions published between 2009 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 2,431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Why We Cooperate, Tomasello Identifies the underlying psychological processes that very likely supported humans' earliest forms of complex collaboration and, ultimately, our unique forms of cultural organization, from the evolution of tolerance and trust to the creation of such group-level structures as cultural norms and institutions."--BOOK JACKET
The new psychology of language : cognitive and functional approaches to language structure by Michael Tomasello( )

83 editions published between 1998 and 2017 in English and Japanese and held by 2,022 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of psychological approaches to the study of language has included periods of little communication between the disciplines of linguistics and psychology, and periods where each field drew upon the theories and methods of the other in limited - and often limiting - ways. This book represents a new and promising approach that may define the next era, by presenting the evolving linguistic theories collectively known as Cognitive-Functional Linguistics in terms that are intended to be accessible to cognitive scientists interested in how language works psychologically. In contrast to the Chomskian linguistic theories with which most psychologists today are familiar, the cognitive - functional approach of these linguists focuses on the things people communicate about (communicative functions) and the social conventions by means of which they do so (linguistic symbols and structures)
The cultural origins of human cognition by Michael Tomasello( Book )

61 editions published between 1999 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 1,847 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Many current theories of human cognition stress its biological roots, while others stress its cultural roots. Tomasello demonstrates that both of these perspectives are essential in creating a unified account of the evolution, history, and development of human cognition. He makes a powerful case that while human cognition is biologically based, this biological adaptation's key contribution is that it permits the flowering of the cultural-historical and ontogenetic processes that have actually made the varieties of human cognition what they are today."--Jacket
Constructing a language : a usage-based theory of language acquisition by Michael Tomasello( )

30 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and Japanese and held by 1,778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tomasello argues that the essence of language is its symbolic dimension, which rests on the uniquely human ability to comprehend intention. Grammar emerges as the speakers of the language create linguistic constructions out of recurring sequences of symbols
A natural history of human thinking by Michael Tomasello( )

22 editions published between 2013 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tool-making or culture, language or religious belief: ever since Darwin, thinkers have struggled to identify what fundamentally differentiates human beings from other animals. In this much-anticipated book, Michael Tomasello weaves his twenty years of comparative studies of humans and great apes into a compelling argument that cooperative social interaction is the key to our cognitive uniqueness. Once our ancestors learned to put their heads together with others to pursue shared goals, humankind was on an evolutionary path all its own. Tomasello argues that our prehuman ancestors, like today's great apes, were social beings who could solve problems by thinking. But they were almost entirely competitive, aiming only at their individual goals. As ecological changes forced them into more cooperative living arrangements, early humans had to coordinate their actions and communicate their thoughts with collaborative partners. Tomasello's 'shared intentionality hypothesis' captures how these more socially complex forms of life led to more conceptually complex forms of thinking. In order to survive, humans had to learn to see the world from multiple social perspectives, to draw socially recursive inferences, and to monitor their own thinking via the normative standards of the group. Even language and culture arose from the preexisting need to work together. What differentiates us most from other great apes, Tomasello proposes, are the new forms of thinking engendered by our new forms of collaborative and communicative interaction. A Natural History of Human Thinking is the most detailed scientific analysis to date of the connection between human sociality and cognition."--Publisher's description
Primate cognition by Michael Tomasello( )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book reviews all that is scientifically known about the cognitive skills of non-human primates and assesses the current state of our knowledge
The emergence of social cognition in three young chimpanzees by Michael Tomasello( Book )

11 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reports a series of ten studies on the social-cognitive abilities of three young chimpanzees, one to four years of age
Beyond nature-nurture : essays in honor of Elizabeth Bates by Elizabeth Bates( )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Beyond Nature-Nurture: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth Bates should appeal to international scholars in the fields of developmental psycholinguistics, cognitive science, crosslinguistic research, and both child and adult language disorders. It is a state-of-the-art overview of many areas of cognitive science, and will be of classroom use at the graduate level in courses designed as seminars in any of these topics."--Jacket
A natural history of human morality by Michael Tomasello( Book )

17 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tomasello offers the most detailed account to date of the evolution of human moral psychology. Based on experimental data comparing great apes and human children, he reconstructs two key evolutionary steps whereby early humans gradually became an ultra-cooperative and, eventually, a moral species capable of acting as a plural agent "we"
Language development : the essential readings( Book )

19 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Language Development: The Essential Readings" provides students with a selection of the key articles by key researchers in this core area of developmental psychology. Articles from leading researchers are both introduced and contextualized by the editors and suggestions for further reading are made to give students a starting point for exploration of the key topics in language development. The broad range of topics covered should also be an ideal source of reference for students of linguistics. The book should be used in conjunction with a general introduction to child development, or more specifically alongside or instead of a more specific language development textbook
First verbs : a case study of early grammatical development by Michael Tomasello( Book )

18 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the second year of his daughter's life, Michael Tomasello kept a detailed diary of her language, creating a rich database. He made a study of how she acquired her first verbs and analyzed the role that verbs played in her early grammatical development. The vast majority of the child's first multiword utterances contained verbs. These nascent sentences were almost all straightforward combinations of previously produced utterances, containing no productive syntactic devices. When she did begin to use productive syntactic devices and morphological markers, they were invariably tied to specific verbs, implying that the syntagmatic categories involved were such verb-specific categories as "thrower," "thing thrown," etc. It is hypothesized that more general syntagmatic categories await the formation of a paradigmatic category of verb, and that this in turn awaits complex sentences in which verbs are treated as mental objects by other predicates. The author argues persuasively that the child's earliest language is based on very general cognitive and social-cognitive processes, especially event structures and cultural learning. The richness of the database and the analytical tools used make First verbs a particularly useful and important book for developmental psychologists, linguists, language development researchers, and speech pathologists
Variability in early communicative development by Larry Fenson( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What young chimpanzees know about seeing by Daniel J Povinelli( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Social cognition, joint attention, and communicative competence from 9 to 15 months of age by Malinda Carpenter( Book )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The gestural communication of apes and monkeys by Josep Call( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Accompanying DVD contains ... "QuickTime movies of gestures for each of the species discussed in the book."--P. [4] of cover
Kultursoziologie Klassische Texte - Aktuelle Debatten Ein Reader( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in German and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Welche Rolle spielt Kultur in der Gesellschaft? Bereits in den Anfängen der Soziologie haben sich die Klassiker des Fachs wie Max Weber und Georg Simmel intensiv mit dieser Frage beschäftigt. Und auch gegenwärtig wird in der Soziologie intensiv über eine>>neue Kulturtheorie<<diskutiert. Anhand einer Auswahl von zentralen Texten vermittelt dieser Reader einen Überblick über die Kultursoziologie von ihren klassischen Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Das Buch gibt einen Einblick in die Spezifik kultursoziologischer Fragestellungen und die internationalen Debatten der letzten Jahre. Folgende Bereiche werden in diesem Reader behandelt: Kultur und Sozialstruktur, Kultur und Natur, Handlung und Performanz, Wissen und Kognition, Körper und Affekt, Kultur und Symbol, Moderne Subjekte, Theorien der Moderne. (Quelle:
Pourquoi nous coopérons by Michael Tomasello( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in French and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dans ce livre, Tomasello identifie les processus psychologiques sous-jacents qui étaient très probablement impliqués dans les formes anciennes de collaboration complexe chez l'humain. Et finalement, nos formes uniques d'organisation culturelle : de l'évolution de la tolérance et de la confiance à la création de structures de groupes telles que les normes culturelles et les institutions. (4e de couv.)
Flexibility in early verb use : evidence from a mutliple-n diary study by Letitia R Naigles( Book )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tests competing hypotheses of the achievement of flexibility and some kinds of productivity against data on children's first uses of their first-acquired verbs. From publisher description
The emergence of social cognition in three young chimpanzees by Michael Tomasello( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Origins of human communication
Why we cooperateThe new psychology of language : cognitive and functional approaches to language structureThe cultural origins of human cognitionConstructing a language : a usage-based theory of language acquisitionPrimate cognitionThe emergence of social cognition in three young chimpanzeesBeyond nature-nurture : essays in honor of Elizabeth BatesLanguage development : the essential readings
Alternative Names
Michael Tomasello Amerikaans antropoloog

Michael Tomasello psicologo statunitense

Michael Tomasello psychologue américain

Michael Tomasello US-amerikanischer Anthropologe

Tomasello, M. 1950-

Tomasello, Michael

ميشيل توماسيللو، 1950-

토마셀로, 마이클

トマセロ, マイケル