ERIC Number: ED180594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Speech and Language Acquisition: The First Three Years.
Ogletree, Earl J.
This paper describes the development of the senses of speech and thought and identifies the physical organs associated with those senses. The child's word sense is born only after the development of the ability to walk. From direct experience, communicated to them by the speech sense, children know that words are different from any other sounds that reach them. Then, both sound and gesture are used interchangeably. Subsequently, the sphere of word understanding is opened. The neurological basis of the sense of speech is the pyramidal system which extends from the cortex via the spinal cord to single muscles. Motor control, the gesture that does not express itself, is the basis of word sense. After the pyramidal nervous system is released from the motor muscle system associated with walking, it takes on the function of a sense organ which absorbs sounds of speech from the environment through the process of resonance or osmosis. Now the thought sense unfolds. The vagus nerve, with all of its branches passing through the whole living organism, is the organ of the sense of thought. At the larynx the sense of speech is connected to the sense of thought. The muscles gradually come under the domination of the speaking personality and the word images stream through the corresponding nerves into the whole autonomic nervous system. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Konig (Karl); Steiner (Rudolf)