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Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Language Development in Children

Primitive Stage
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     As babies, we goo and gah and cry and babble. These are examples of the primitive stage of language development. The sounds produced serve no real purpose except to produce the sound and experiment with our new capability. Just as a baby laid on his belly may make crawling motions yet not crawl, the baby may also make sounds without producing speech. As the baby does not produce speech, there is also not verbal thought, or internal monologue. This does not mean the baby does not think, it only means that the child has not yet internalized his speech. The verbalization performed at this stage serve no purpose except to practice sound. There is no reason for the child to internalize during this stage.

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