3V0775.2

3V0775.02 Repetition and further specification (3/7/80)

Gretchen mentioned hearing Peggy do a most interesting thing : she
first said, ‘ Lookit table.’ then immediately ‘repeated’ the phrase more
precisely as ‘Look at the table.’

This is an example of the incremental standardization of speech
production under her own direction (this may be well compared to her
development of the KK joke just noted). There is a production,
internally criticized by more specific comprehension knowledge,
followed by a reproduction reflecting the current ‘state of
competence.’

There is no reason to believe production should lag far behind
competence when the toddler’s major concern is elaborating a new
mind control structure based on labels — the symbolic interconnection
of previously disparate frames — this is especially true when there is a
critical process monitoring production.

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