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A penny for your thoughts : children’s inner speech and its neuro-development.

Geva, S. and Fernyhough, C. (2019) 'A penny for your thoughts : children’s inner speech and its neuro-development.', Frontiers in psychology : cognitive science., 10 .


Inner speech emerges in early childhood, in parallel with the maturation of the dorsal language stream. To date, the developmental relations between these two processes have not been examined. We review evidence that the dorsal language stream has a role in supporting the psychological phenomenon of inner speech, before considering pediatric studies of the dorsal stream’s anatomical development and evidence for its emerging functional roles. We examine possible causal accounts of the relations between these two developmental processes and consider their implications for phylogenetic theories about the evolution of inner speech and the accounts of the ontogenetic relations between language and cognition.

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Publisher statement:© 2019 Geva and Fernyhough. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Date accepted:09 July 2019
Date deposited:14 August 2019
Date of first online publication:14 August 2019
Date first made open access:14 August 2019

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