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On “speech eversions” as an evidence of child’s perception of the world

Liberal Arts in Russia. 2017. Vol. 6. No. 3. Pp. 215-222.
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Dobrova G. R.
Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia
48 Moika River embankment, 191186 St. Petersburg, Russia


This article devoted to “speech eversions” that are viewed as speech evidences of children’s (inverted) perception of the world. The cases of perceiving the world from a point of view that is not corresponding to the norm are considered, including those that are caused by child’s egocentrism, by incorrect ’partitioning’ of objects in reality, by properties of input. Children’s verbal causative oppositions are also analyzed in connection with the “inverted” worldview. The conclusion is made that “speech eversions” are most often somehow connected with the stage of child’s egocentric perception of the world.


  • • children
  • • egocentrism
  • • shifters
  • • shifted point of reference
  • • input


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