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Katherine Nelson is a neo-Piagetian psychologist and this book is
a study of cognitive development in the early stages of life (2-5 years of age).
She believes that language is the catalist of cognitive growth: it enables the child to process narratives, to form concepts and categories, to model the beliefs of other individuals.
Nelson is interested in how the child comes to participate in the social life
of his community. She bridges Vygotsky's theory of the mediating language
(language provides a semiotic mediation of knowledge) and Donald's model
of coevolution of culture and mind (mind developed through four stages).