Word, Object, and Conceptual Development

Word, Object, and Conceptual Development

Word, Object, and Conceptual Development

Word, Object, and Conceptual Development

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This book is concerned with the relation between thought and language. More specifically it presents a study of the relation between cognitive development and language development.

Theories of cognitive development have often tended not to focus on those aspects of the young child's intellectual growth which highlight his considerable competence. Thus many accounts of the child's intellectual progress characterize that growth as an upward journey through a pyramid of qualitatively different and increasingly sophisticated periods or phases or stages. Almost every major theory of cognitive development postulates an important transition in intellectual development between the ages of five and seven. While there is debate about the mechanism which brings about the transition in the child's cognitive capacities there has been little disagreement about whether there is in fact a transition in this period, at least in North American and European children. One of the tacitly accepted implications of this view has often been that the preschool child's thought processes are unsophisticated, immature, and "primitive" relative to what they will eventually become.

The study of language development has also produced a picture of growth and transition. However, language development has not so often been characterized as a progression of qualitatively different stages as has cognitive development. Moreover, although language development is by no means over by the time the child enters school, the study of psycholinguistic development has revealed that a great deal has been achieved by the child before he enters primary school in one performance system at least, namely language. Indeed, the child's progress in language develop-

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