The symposium will present several perspectives on the phenomenon of inner speech on the borders of communication and cognition, and of individual and social performances which are themselves defined by their history and actuality. The concept of development - historically and culturally embedded - is in different respects central to the symposium presentations and their views on inner speech: it will be developed in regard to the relations between inner speech and literacy, to questions and their special role for the dialogical self, and to the role of mutuality in psychological growth. Podium discussion will take up the diversity of perspectives presented and will further investigate the different facets of the notion of development. It is also intended to discuss the links between types of probelms and specific verbal forms.


Juan-Daniel Ramirez, University of Seville, Spain
Alphabetic literacy and internal dialogue:
Crossroads between psychology and cultural history


Marie-Cécile Bertau, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Germany
Why questions? The outstanding role of questions in inner speech and
problem-solving with an outline of a taxonomy


Vera John-Steiner, University of New Mexico, Santa Fe, USA
Social and individual dynamics of the dialogical self:
A feminist and culture-historical approach.