ERIC Number: ED309831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
A New Interpretation of Speech and Cognitive Development During the First Three Years.
Ogletree, Earl J.
Relationships between motor and speech development and between speech and cognitive development are considered. Discussion first focuses on issues of motility, speech, and cognition. Brief descriptions of Steiner's postulated six additional senses--of warmth, movement, life, speech or word, thought, and ego--are provided as preparation to the presentation of Konig's theory of language acquisition and cognitive development. Konig's views are presented in sections on the development of speech, the organ of the sense of speech, and the physical organ of the sense of thought. It is argued that: (1) in the course of the first year, the child acquires the sense of speech in connection with the ability to walk upright; (2) the development of the sense of speech begins in the second year and opens the sphere of the word to the child; (3) the sense of thought is developed in the course of learning to speak; and (4) with the awakening of the sense of thought in the third year, the child becomes open to the thought communicated to him/her through the words of other people. Implications of Konig's theory on the acquisition of language and thought are briefly pointed out. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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