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ERIC Number: ED311496
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 17
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The Problem of Abbreviation and Internalization of Private Speech.
Goudena, Paul P.
According to Lev Vygotsky, private speech has a functional value for the child during problem solving. As children grow older, private speech is thought to become inner, non-observable speech. Both private and inner speech are abbreviated. A study tested the hypothesis of the progressive abbreviation of private speech. Private speech data were collected during a 6-minute period of puzzle task performance. Group one consisted of 22 children with a mean age of 53.5 months and group two consisted of 19 children with a mean age of 70.1 months. For the younger group, mean length of utterance (MLU) was 2.4; for the older group, MLU was 2.6. Analysis did not produce any indication of the correctness of Vygotsky's assertion about the progressive abbreviation of private speech. Such abbreviated social speech is not only produced by adults, but also by young children interacting with adults in a task setting. What remains unclear is the way in which the transformation of private speech into inner speech occurs. (Three tables of data and two figures are included.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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