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Rethinking egocentric speech: Towards a new hypothesis
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Scandinavian Languages.
2007 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

"Egocentric speech" has been an important notion in the development of language and thought since Piaget (1923) published his book Le langage et la pensée chez l'enfant (Eng. The Language and Thought of the Child), and Vygotsky (1934) published his book Myshlenie i rech (Eng. Thought and Language). Their hypotheses about the development of thought and language have provided the theoretical basis for scholarly work during the last 80 years. However, their hypotheses about egocentric speech have seldom been questioned. In this book, the author will question their hypotheses using the same material that in her own research has led her to reorganise her thinking about egocentric speech: data from a blind child. The source material that informs the book is a longitudinal case study of a blind child that extended over eight years of time. In order to closely investigate egocentric speech in this book, data from only two video recordings will be analysed from three perspectives: Piaget, Vygotsky, and Bakhtin-Voloshinov. Coming from these analyses, finally, the author presents a new hypothesis on egocentric speech and its developmental significance for inner speech or thought.

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Nova Publishers Inc. New York , 2007. , 113 p.
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Egocentric speech, blindness, hypotheses
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-11682ISBN: 978-1-60021-724-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-11682DiVA: diva2:178201
Available from: 2008-01-14 Created: 2008-01-14 Last updated: 2010-10-27Bibliographically approved

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