The Discrepancy between Cognitive and Linguistic Abilities in the Young Child
There are many barriers to the assessment of cognitive abilities. In this chapter I will outline some of them, primarily concerning the social context of the experimenter-child interaction and the young child’s difficulties with language comprehension and production. I will demonstrate that inferences about children’s cognitive abilities will be incorrect if the social situation is not correctly analyzed and if language is used as the only method to assess cognitive development.
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