Piaget believed that thought comes before language:
- He believed that younger children can learn new words but will not fully understand them until they have the correct schema.
- A bit like a parrot - they develop language by matching the correct words to the schema.
- For example, 'a furry thing that barks' - it is only after the child has a schema for dog that it can apply and understand this word.
- Conitive develpoment leads to language development.
- As our range of schemas increases, so does our ability to express these through language.
Piaget's theory of lanuage development:
Sensorimotor stage - babies learn what their bodies can do including their ability to make sound. They learn to copy sounds of others but do not really understand them.
Pre-operational stage - children are egocentric and focused on themselves. They use language to voice their own thoughts rather than to communicate with other people.
Concrete operational stage - ability to use language has developed a lot but is only used to talk aboutconcrete and actual things.
Formal operational stage - language can be used to talk about abstarct and…