Attention-based approach to symbol acquisition

Hideki Kozima, Akira Ito

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We developed a semiotico-psychological model of symbol acquisition which is based on attentional interaction with others. Recent studies on developmental disorders of communication abilities suggest that `attention-sharing' plays an indispensable role in infants' acquisition of symbols and other social conventions. Attention-sharing is the activity of paying one's attention to someone else's attentional target. We hypothesize that (1) attention-sharing enables an infant to observe caregivers' behavior, i.e. stimuli (what they are perceiving from the target) and responses (what they are doing in response to the stimuli), and that (2) observation of adults' behavior, or indirect experience, leads to `behavior-sharing', in which the infant and the adults mutually interpret the function of their shared behavior. The shared behavior (significant) and shared interpretation (signifie) function as a symbol (signe) that is socially shared in the community.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1998 IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control, ISIC - Gaithersburg, MD, USA
Duration: 1998 Sept 141998 Sept 17


OtherProceedings of the 1998 IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control, ISIC
CityGaithersburg, MD, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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