One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Vygotsky: Thought and Language

Though he emphasizes an inter-relationship between language development and thought, he also posits a kind of mentalese (an inner speech that in its mature form would be unintelligible to anyone except the thinker), and, at least according to the article in Wiki, would not say that thinking cannot take place without language. Language helps to mediate thought and develop it to a higher level of sophistication.

Also, according to Wiki: "Some critics say Vygotsky overemphasized the role of language in thinking."]


This paper would seem to except the idea that thought is already present. Language is only a tool. OK, a big tool.

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