• Essential Joseph Chilton Pearce 46
    Play, Imagination & Language
    language, brain development, brain, higher capacities
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    Semantic language distinguishes us from any other life form. Language lifts us up into a higher order of functioning. Language development begins in utero. By the seventy month in utero the developing human begins to form unique but precise physical movements to the phonemes of the mother’s speech. This physical patterning to phonetic sounds continues at a micro level throughout one’s life. Language is grounded in the body. Early language helps the young child make since of his or her body movements. Ask the two year old to say sit, and they sit while repeating the word. Infants and young children therefore pay rapt attention to adult speech and respond at every level: physical, emotional, psychological. They are associating word-symbols to the images they see.