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Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Language Development in Children

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     As the child begins to speak, he learns how to say words far before he learns their meaning and function. An example of this manifestation is “ball”. To the child this one word can mean a variety of things (“where is my ball”, “give me the ball”, etc.). To an adult with an established knowledge of language, this word refers to a child’s toy, to a child though it can have various meanings. As the child develops and gains understanding of new words, he begins to produce na´ve sentences like “where ball” and “where is the ball.” The child uses these structures without any understanding of how to put a sentence together or why the words must go in that order. He only knows that when the words are said in a certain way, others understand his meaning. Understanding of word order comes about before the child learns the logic of how the words fit in that order.

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