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1 Introduction321 summary of chapter one 422 summary of chapter two623 Summary of chapter three924 Summary of chapter four1125 Summary of chapter five1326 Summary of chapter six1527 Summary of chapter seven1828 Summary of chapter eight203 General criticism234 Research question inspired by the book24The book Language and Cognition A Developmental Perspective edited by E Dromi introduces eight chapters which present the thoughts and studies of a group of psychologists and psycholinguistics They discuss the relationship between language and cognition and add their own perspectivesThe book has a variety of studies touching the topic of Childs language acquisition Each article raises questions introduces several theories and gives food for thoughtI decided to review this book because of my desire to learn more about the cognitive processes during the childs stages of language acquisition and in order to enrich my prior linguistic knowledge acquired during my studies Chapter one Piaget on the Origins of Mind A problem in Accounting for the Development of Mental CapacitiesThe researcher says that Piaget proposes a radical thesis all intelligence develops out of the actions of mere reflexes at birth This is a process built up by stages each stage leads to another stage following it and that is how the baby learns to act in the worldThe researcher argues that Piaget account fails because his theory does not explain how intelligence develops Moreover the stages suggested by Piaget could occur without mental developmentsPiaget says according to the researcher that the mental state of babies is devoid of any impulse or experience which is mindless activity At the same time basic actions associated with intelligence arise gradually because of mere exercise of the reflexes Piaget states six stages of sensomotor intelligence from birth to two years of age 0-6 weeks - the usage of reflexesVoluntary behavior ie sucking grasping 6 weeks to 5 months - further enlargement of the previous stage circular reactionie bulging the cheeks licking lips 5-9 months -
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