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Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Language Development in Children

External Stage
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Primitive Stage
Naive Stage
External Stage
Ingrowth Stage

     During the external stage the child begins to use external objects to represent words. This can be characterized by the child using flash cards, objects, or fingers when counting. Another example would be the use of his name to remember letters and the sounds they make. Rhyming is also used during this stage to improve memory and sound recognition. Another interesting event is the beginning of egocentric speech. The child will talk to himself when there is no one else around and also during play with others. This is the child’s verbalization of thought.

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