Psychological Development Across the Lifespan

Jean Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development

What role does language play in the pre-operational stage?

Piaget thought that the development of language was a milestone in cognitive development. Language, or what he called the semiotic function, frees the child from the prison of the here and now. Not only can children think about things that are not immediately present, but they can also communicate about them to other people. The semiotic function shepherds the child out of the sensory-motor stage and into the pre-operational stage.


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