The developmental psychology and neuropsychology of emotion in language
Human beings, like other highly social animals, cooperate by signaling motivesand feelings, sharing intentions and interests. Language extends this communication,giving symbolic significance to intricate sequences of expressive movementthat specify changing awareness of the environment, propose contexts forfuture enterprises, and recall past experiences, identifying objects for vital useor the creation of arts and technologies. All these elaborated ways of sharingconsciousness have roots in intersubjective relations that depend on commonaesthetic and moral emotions. Research on communication with infants anddevelopments before first words reveals the primary affective emotions in allforms of text, whether for enhancing relationships, celebrating pleasures oftraditional arts, or extending formal knowledge of social and technical skillsand beliefs.