- Jul 13, 2008
That's from the article I linked to in my response above. Anyway, yes, if you can find some related material from Lacan, please do share.Vygotsky (1970) demonstrated that human language originates in social relations and that, during the first months of life, the mother (or nearest caretaker) constructs the reality in which the meaning of things around the child takes shape (Leiman, 1995). The child is born into the language context that her parents have created according to their own voices. In the phase of egocentric speech, from ages 3 to 7 years, the child starts to incorporate the behavior-guiding task of language into her own psychological functions. After saying a word aloud, the child can act according to what she said. Speaking aloud before acting becomes unnecessary in the phase of inner speech, and an adult can guide her own behavior by means of inner thoughts. The individual can internalize words and concepts, but the more important aspect of language remains the actual situations in which the sense of the words is created in each conversation. Of course one part of this conversation is the inner dialogue, in which different voices seek out several perspectives and meanings.
In contrast to the Cartesian view, here the function of language is not primarily seen as reflecting and conveying feelings, thoughts, acts or experiences of the inner reality. Instead, language is more like an environment in which we all locate ourselves according to our phase of life, our experiences, our occupation, and our therapeutic approach (Shotter, 1999). We not only use language, we also live in it.