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Lev Semionovich Vygotsky, 1896-1934, was a Soviet psychologist who was active in a number of fields during his academic career, such as the psychological analysis of art and fables, child psychology, problems of deaf and retarded children, and the psychological analysis of brain-injured adults (Vygotsky). His work on language and linguistic development is based on his supposition that higher cognitive processes are a product of social development (Vygotsky). "Though and Language," 1937, "Selected Psychological Studies," 1956, and "Development of the Higher Mental Processes," 1960, are among his major works (Vygotsky).
Drawing on early research into the rules and development of tool-use and sign-use behavior, Vygotsky turned to symbolic processes in language, emphasizing the semantic structure of words and the way in which word meanings change from emotive to concrete, and then eventually becoming more abstract (Vygotsky). According to Vygotsky:
"Every function in the child's cultural development
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