Vygotsky Inner Speech

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Introduction The origin and background of inner speech The idea of inner speech dates backs to the time of Plato and has been in use till date, but emphasis will be laid on Vygotsky’s work. The phrase inner speech was initially used by Lev Vygotsky, a Russian psychologist, to describe a stage in language acquisition and thought in his famous work ‘Language and Thought. Vygotsky is said to believe that "speech began as a social medium and became internalized as inner speech, that is, verbalised thought" (Katherin, 2006, p. 17). Since the translation and introduction of Vygotsky’s Language and Thought to the English-speaking world in 1962, it is presumably one of the most important and influential books that draw on cognitive science, and as well has become recognized as an exceptional groundwork of the evolution and theory of inner speech. Although, Vygotsky’s work has raised arguments as to whom the credit of the genesis of inner speech is due, being that his piece of work synthesized the ideas of other philosophers/ psychologists. In his phenomenal piece of work on human mental development, Vygotsky, analyzed the relationship between words and thoughts, and argues that only as children develop does speech in its social origins become…show more content…
The first, A list of 10 monosyllabic words which are phonologically similar but not semantically related (A list) was adapted from (LS) “white, height, night, light tight, write, might, quiet, bite, fight” (p 30). The second list comprised of 10 words which are semantically related (B list), similar in length, word class and frequency with the phonologically related words, dear, sugar, savory, sweet, tasty, flavor, honey, dessert, candy, treat . The level of frequency of the words were determined with the use of corpus (COCA and BNC). There are slight variations in the level of frequency of the B list words. Nevertheless, The lists were presented orally and
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