Perspective Taking: Launguage Use in a Visual Context
- Author(s): Greenwood, Michelle Diane
- Advisor(s): Spivey, Michael J.
- et al.
It is often argued that the egocentric perspective is the default perspective
in natural language use. However, there are many factors that influence which
perspective a person takes. In this dissertation I look at various environmental,
biological, social, and linguistic cues that point toward another hypothesis for
consideration than just the default perspective of egocentricism. It is probable
that there is a bias toward the egocentric perspective given we are constrained to
a body which provides us with many more experiences of an egocentric
perspective but we are able to take other perspectives with relative ease and
frequency. These occurrences of an other-centric perspective suggest a graded
spatial attraction toward competing perspectives that result in a continuous,
rather than a stage-based, account of perspective taking and encourage a more
all-inclusive theoretical framework for taking a perspective.