Origins of Language and Thought in Early Childhood
Swiss child psychologist Jean Piaget distinguishes the language and thought of children from adults as he develops an influential theory of child development. Regarding the role of language for development and the relationship between The language allows the child to evoke an object or event absent at the. As Edouard Claparede notes in his preface, most explorers of the child mind had To the autistic mind, water is only relevant in relation to desires or needs: it is Piaget appreciate the development of the child's thought up to the age of
He speaks, therefore, in a language which disregards the precise shade of meaning in things and ignores the particular angle from which they are viewed, and which above all is always making assertions, even in argument, instead justfiying them. It is, in our opinion, twofold.Language and Thought, Part I
It is due, in the first place, to the absence of any sustained social intercourse between the children of less than 7 or 8, and in the second place to the fact that the language used in the fundamental activity of the child—play—is one of gestures, movement and mimicry as much as of words.
There is, as we have said, no real social life between children of less than 7 or 8 years. Now, gesture cannot express everything.
Intellectual processes, therefore, will remain ego-centric whereas commands etc. For example, speakers from such cultures would say "There is a spider on your northeast leg" or "Pass the ball to the south southwest". In fact, instead of "hello", the greeting in such cultures is "Where are you going?
The consequence of using such language is that the speakers need to be constantly oriented in space, or they would not be able to express themselves properly, or even get past a greeting.
Speakers of such languages that rely on absolute reference frames have a much greater navigational ability and spatial knowledge compared to speakers of languages that use relative reference frames such as English. In comparison with English users, speakers of languages such as Kuuk Thaayorre are also much better at staying oriented even in unfamiliar spaces — and it is in fact their language that enables them to do this.
Linguistic relativity and the color naming debate Language may influence color processing. Having more names for different colors, or different shades of colors, makes it easier both for children and for adults to recognize them. Hayakawa and others, which attempted to make language more precise and objective. It makes many basic observations of the English languageparticularly pointing out problems of abstraction and definition. General semantics is presented as both a theoretical and a practical system whose adoption can reliably alter human behavior in the direction of greater sanity.
It is considered to be a branch of natural science and includes methods for the stimulation of the activities of the human cerebral cortex, which is generally judged by experimentation. In this theory, semantics refers to the total response to events and actions, not just the words.
The neurological, emotional, cognitive, semantic, and behavioral reactions to events determines the semantic response of a situation. This reaction can be referred to as semantic response, evaluative response, or total response. Its proponents claim that dogmatic thinking seems to rely on "to be" language constructs, and so by removing it we may discourage dogmatism.
Neuro-linguistic programmingfounded by Richard Bandler and John Grinderclaims that language "patterns" and other things can affect thought and behavior. It takes ideas from General Semantics and hypnosisespecially that of the famous therapist Milton Erickson. Many do not consider it a credible study, and it has no empirical scientific support. Advocates of non-sexist language including some feminists say that the English language perpetuates biases against women, such as using male-gendered terms such as "he" and "man" as generic.
Many authors including those who write textbooks now conspicuously avoid that practice, in the case of the previous examples using words like "he or she" or "they" and "human race".
Various other schools of persuasion directly suggest using language in certain ways to change the minds of others, including oratoryadvertisingdebatesalesand rhetoric. The ancient sophists discussed and listed many figures of speech such as enthymeme and euphemism. The modern public relations term for adding persuasive elements to the interpretation of and commentary on news is called spin.
Popular culture[ edit ] The Sapir—Whorf hypothesis is the premise of the science fiction film Arrival. In socialized speech, he does attempt an exchange with others — he begs, commands, threatens, conveys information, asks questions. He found that from 44 to 47 per cent of the total recorded talk of children in their seventh year was egocentric in nature. This figure, he says, must be considerably increased in the case of younger children. Further investigations with six- and seven-year-olds proved that even socialized speech at that age is not entirely free of egocentric thinking.
Furthermore, besides his expressed thoughts the child has a great many unexpressed thoughts. Some of these, according to Piaget, remain unexpressed precisely because they are egocentric, i.
To convey them to others the child would have to be able to adopt their point of view. Thus the coefficient of egocentric thought must be much higher than the coefficient of egocentric speech. But it is the data on speech, which can be measured, that furnish the documentary proof on which Piaget bases his conception of child egocentrism.
His explanations of egocentric speech and of child egocentrism in general are identical. In the first place, there is no sustained social life among children of less than 7 or 8; in the second place, the real social language of the child, that is, the language used in the basic activity of children — play — is a language of gestures, movements, and mimicry as much as of words [Language and Thought in the Child, p.
When, at the age of seven or eight, the desire to work with others manifests itself, egocentric talk subsides. Our own experiments suggest a different conception. We believe that egocentric speech early assumes a very definite and important role in the activity of the child.
For instance, when a child was getting ready to draw, he would suddenly find that there was no paper, or no pencil of the color he needed. In other words, by obstructing his free activity we made him face problems.
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The child would try to grasp and to remedy the situation in talking to himself: I need a blue pencil. It is legitimate to assume, then, that a disruption in the smooth flow of activity is an important stimulus for egocentric speech.
This discovery fits in with two premises to which Piaget himself refers several times in his book. One of them is the so-called law of awareness, which states that an impediment or disturbance in an automatic activity makes the actor aware of that activity.
The other premise is that speech is an expression of that process of becoming aware. Besides being a means of expression and of release of tension, it soon becomes an instrument of thought in the proper sense — in seeking and planning the solution of a problem. An accident that occurred during one of our experiments provides a good illustration of one way in which egocentric speech may alter the course of an activity: A child of five and a half was drawing a streetcar when the point of his pencil broke.
He tried, nevertheless, to finish the circle of a wheel, pressing down on the pencil very hard, but nothing showed on the paper except a deep colorless line. Our experiments showed highly complex changes in the interrelation of activity and egocentric talk. What happens here is similar to the well-known developmental sequence in the naming of drawings. A small child draws first, then decides what it is that he has drawn; at a slightly older age, he names his drawing when it is half done; and finally he decides beforehand what he will draw.
The revised conception of the function of egocentric speech must also influence our conception of its later fate and must be brought to bear on the issue of its disappearance at school age. Experiments can yield indirect evidence but no conclusive answer about the causes of this disappearance. Nevertheless, the data obtained strongly suggest the hypothesis that egocentric speech is a transitional stage in the evolution from vocal to inner speech.
The older children in our experiments behaved differently from the younger ones when faced with obstacles. Often the child examined the situation in silence, then found a solution. When asked what he was thinking about, he gave answers that were quite close to the thinking-aloud of the preschooler.
Piaget’s theory child language and thought, by Vygotsky
This would indicate that the same mental operations that the preschooler carries out through egocentric speech are already relegated to soundless inner speech in the schoolchild. There is, of course, nothing to this effect in Piaget, who believes that egocentric speech simply dies off. The development of inner speech in the child receives little specific elucidation in his studies. But since inner speech and voiced egocentric speech fulfil the same function, the implication would be that if, as Piaget maintains, egocentric speech precedes socialized speech then inner speech also must precede socialized speech an assumption untenable from the genetic point of view.
It also has the same structural characteristics: Our observation that at the age when this change is taking place children facing difficult situations resort now to egocentric speech, now to silent reflection, indicates that the two can be functionally equivalent. It is our hypothesis that the processes of inner speech develop and become stabilized approximately at the beginning of school age and that this causes the quick drop in egocentric speech observed at that stage.
Limited in scope as our findings are, we believe that they help one to see in a new and broader perspective the general direction of the development of speech and thought.
In the course of this change, the influence of adults is deformed by the psychic processes of the child, but it wins out in the end.
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The development of thought is, to Piaget, a story of the gradual socialization of deeply intimate, personal, autistic mental states.
Even social speech is represented as following, not preceding, egocentric speech. The hypothesis we propose reverses this course.
Let us look at the direction of thought development during one short interval, from the appearance of egocentric speech to its disappearance, in the framework of language development as a whole. We consider that the total development runs as follows: The primary function of speech, in both children and adults, is communication, social contact.
The earliest speech of the child is therefore essentially social. At first it is global and multifunctional; later its functions become differentiated. At a certain age the social speech of the child is quite sharply divided into egocentric and communicative speech. We prefer to use the term communicative for the form of speech that Piaget calls socialized as though it had been something else before becoming social.
From our point of view, the two forms, communicative and egocentric, are both social, though their functions differ. Egocentric speech emerges when the child transfers social, collaborative forms of behavior to the sphere of inner-personal psychic functions.