|Title of host publication||The International Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology|
|Place of Publication||United States|
|Publisher||John Wiley & Sons, Inc|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
Understandings of the relationship between â€œlanguageâ€ and â€œmindâ€ depend on how we understand those terms. Linguistic-anthropological understandings tend to stress their sociocultural dimensions. That emphasis has run in two different directions. The first approach was pioneered by Franz Boas, Edward Sapir, and Benjamin Lee Whorf. It focuses on differences among languages, and associates them with presumed differences in ways of thinking about the world. The second broad range of approaches treats both language and mind more from the viewpoint of their embedding within a world of social action and interaction. I review the foundational work along those lines by G.H. Mead, Lev Vygotsky, and Mikhail Bakhtin, and how it has been drawn upon by linguistic anthropologists. I then review the related philosophical notion of intersubjectivity developed by Edmund Husserl, and how it has been empirically confirmed and extended by recent work in developmental psychology. I discuss the related work by psychologists on the development of children's capacity for understanding of other minds (â€œtheory of mindâ€). I show how linguistic anthropologists have provided a critical cross-cultural dimension to that work, and point to the need for more interdisciplinary dialogue along those lines.