The Language and Thought of the Child

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Psychology Press, 1959 - Psychology - 288 pages
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This book is for anyone who has ever wondered how a child develops language, thought, and knowledge. Before this classic appeared, little was known of the way children think. In 1923, however, Jean Piaget, the most important developmental psychologist of the twentieth century, took the psychological world by storm with The Language and Thought of the Child. Applying for the first time the insights of social psychology and psychoanalysis to the observation of children, he uncovered the ways in which a child actively constructs his or her understanding of the world through language. The book has since been a source of inspiration and guidance to generations of parents and teachers. While its conclusions remain contentious to this very day, few can deny the huge debt we owe to this pioneering work in our continuing attempts to understand the minds of the child.
  

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Contents

The Functions of Language in Two Children of Six l
3
The material
5
An example of the talk taken down
7
The functions of child language classified
9
Repetition echolalia
11
Monologue
13
Collective monologue
18
Adapted information
20
n Conclusion
39
Conclusion
73
The factors of understanding
120
Some Peculiarities of Verbal Understanding
129
The Questions of a Child of Six
165
Questions not expressed under the form
202
Questions of reality and history
210
Questions about human actions
217

Criticism and derision
27
Commands requests threats
28
Questions and answers
29
Conclusions
35
The measure of egocentrism
36
The decline of precausality
226
Verbal Communication between the Adutt
242
APPENDIX
287
INDEX
293
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Jean Piaget (1896-1980) Psychologist and pioneer in the study of child intelligence. His work is world-renowned and has had a profound effect on the fields of psychology, sociology, education, and law.

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