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How Babies Talk: The Magic and Mystery of Language in the First Three Years of Life

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How Babies Talk explores how babies learn language, and the ways in which parents and caregivers can nurture these linguistic skills at every stage of their children's development.<P>Organized chronologically, beginning with the unborn child, who can actually tell the difference between similar sounds, this comprehensive book shows how babies learn to recognize words, decipher their meanings, put together sentences, and ask questions. Each chapter contains a section, called "Language Milestones", that explores the amazing things babies know at each age, as well as their hidden capabilities and what parents can do to develop them. "Scientific Sleuthing Pays Off" describes how parents can use the latest scientific findings to enhance everyday interactions and provide the most effective learning environments for their children. This section also helps parents identify the problems that may hinder language development. "Try This" details fun and easy at-home experiments that enable parents to chart their children's progress themselves.<P>From the evolution of infant speech sounds to the toddler's mastery of complex grammar, How Babies Talk is an important guide that will help parents help their children develop the wonderful gift of language.

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Two developmental psychologists/language experts offer parents a powerfully insightful guide to how infants--even while in the womb--begin to learn language. "This is a great book . . . an important addition to any parent's library".--T. Berry Brazelton.

Synopsis:

In their first three years of life babies face the most complex learning endeavor they will ever undertake as human beings: They learn to talk. Now, as researchers make new forays into the mystery of the development of the human brain, authors Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, both developmental psychologists and language experts, offer parents a powerfully insightful guidebook to how infants--even while in the womb--begin to learn language. Along the way, the authors provide parents with the latest scientific findings, developmental milestones, and important advice on how to create the most effective learning environments for their children. This book takes readers on a fascinating, vitally important exploration of the dance between nature and nurture, and explains how parents can help their children learn more successfully.

About the Author

Roberta M. Golinkoff, Ph.D., is a professor in the departments of Educational Studies, Psychology, and Linguistics at the University of Delaware, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. She lives in Newark, Delaware.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Setting the Stage: The Magic of Language Development in the First Three Years of Life

Language Milestones

The Source of Our Knowledge: Scientific Sleuthing

Theoretical breakthroughs

Methodological breakthroughs

Scientific Sleuthing Pays off

Chapter 1. Watch Your Language! The Fetus Can Hear You: Development from Before Birth to Three Months of Age

The Fetus

The Fetal Environment: Home Sweet Home

Baby, Do You Read Me? Hearing Mother's Voice and Other Sounds

Try This: Can my fetus hear? Can my fetus hear me?

Does Fetal Learning Mean Fetal School?

Birthing the Baby: Will the Newborn Resemble the Fetus?

Try this: Does the newborn react to sounds?

Communicating Through Crying

Mother, Is That You? Newborns Prefer to Hear Mother's Voice

Distinguishing the World's Languages

Try This: Does your baby respond to foreign languages?

Face-to-Face: Love at First Look?

Try This: Charting baby's smiles

Do Mouths and Voices Work Together?

Newborn Copycats

Try This: Can my baby copy me?

The Roots of Conversation

Baby Talk Matters

Try This: Do babies react to baby talk?

More Than Meets the Eye

Scientific Sleuthing Pays Off

Lesson 1. Silence is not golden

Lesson 2. New scientific methods can yield assessment tools

Lesson 3. Overestimate your baby's capabilities

Chapter 2. Yada-Yada-Yada: The Babbling Period Between Four and Eight Months of Age

Babies Do Babble

How Babies Talk to Us

Try This: Conversations from the Crib?

From Coos and Goos to Babbling

Try This: Are "Mama" and "Dada" real words or just arbitrary sounds?

Why Babies Babble

How We Babble to Babies

Widening the Topics of Conversation

Try This: Finding objects near and far

Finding the Words (and Other Units) in a Stream of Speech

What's a Word Worth?

Use Your Head! The Headturn Preference Procedure

Try This: Will baby notice disrupted speech?

Learn Your Handle: Lauren, Not Louise

Try This: Does baby respond to her own name?

Once Upon a Time: Babies Recognize Words in Stories

How Do You Mean? Babies Grapple with Word Meanings

Scientific Sleuthing Pays Off

Lesson 1. Hear ye, hear ye: Watch for ear infections

Lesson 2. There is nothing wrong with small talk

Chapter 3. Point-ilism: Parents Become Tools for Babies between Nine and Twelve Months of Age

Learning to Communicate without Words

Finding the Causal Connection: My Signals Can Make Things Happen!

Try This: Can my baby communicate with intention?

How Do Babies Learn to Make Their Point?

Try This: When can baby follow a point?

The Negotiation of Failed Messages: You Just Don't Get It!

Try This: How does my baby negotiate?

Let the Words Begin!

Preverbal Communication: The Cradle of Meaning

Detecting the Patterns in the Language Stream

The Decline in Distinguishing Among the Sounds of the World's Languages

Whither the Words?

Try This: Playing games

Scientific Sleuthing Pays Off

Lesson 1. Honor babies' communicative attempts even before they are intentionally communicative

Lesson 2. Put my thoughts into words!

Chapter 4. First Words: Getting "Hi" between Twelve and Eighteen Months of Age

What Does It Take to Learn a Word?

The Flowering of Vocabulary

The Stars and Stripes and Other Symbols

Try This: Comics in the crib?

The Fertile Path to Real Words

Try This: Creating a diary of protowords and first words

Communicating Efficiently

Try This: Tracking the use of baby's first ten words

"Home Signs" and "Baby Signs"

Try This: Can my baby learn some baby signs?

Symbols, Categories, Meanings, and Emotions

"Dog," Not "Dalmatian"; "Hat," Not "Baseball Cap": Why Babies Prefer Some Words over Others

Try This: What kinds of words are my baby's first ten words?

How Do Meanings and Words Come Together?

Saying Your First Words: A Sobering Task

Try This: Does my baby express emotion when she talks?

First Words Take Effort, More for Some Than Others

A Tale of Two Toddlers

Name Callers and Social Sophisticates

Try This: Is my baby a name caller or a socialite? What kind of parent am I?

Word Comprehension Exceeds Word Production

Scientific Sleuthing Pays Off

Lesson 1. More baby talk=More baby's talk

Lesson 2. There are big individual differences in the appearance of the first words

Lesson 3. Picture book reading is a source of new words

Lesson 4. When do you worry about a lack of words?

Chapter 5. Vocabulary Takes Wing: Eighteen to Twenty-Four Months

The Vocabulary Spurt

Finding the Vocabulary Spurt

Try This: Catching the torrent of words in a diary

Word Leaning Is a Bear (Bare?)

What Are Toddlers Talking About?

Try This: Book reading as a classroom for word learning

Babies Overextend Themselves: Misapplying Words for All the Right Reasons

Try This: Looking for overextensions

Does Sensitivity to Social Cues Lead to the Vocabulary Spurt?

Try This: Is your child using social cues to learn new words?

Do Mental Advances Lead to the Vocabulary Spurt?

Try This: Categorizing obejcts and the vocabulary spurt

Fast Mapping: Novel Names Go with Novel Categories

Try This: Fast mapping and the vocabulary spurt

An Integrated View of the Vocabulary Spurt: It Takes Social and Mental Advances

Individual Differences in Word Learning

Pronunciation: Saying It My Way

Try This: Recording the baby's favorite mistakes

Boys and Girls: Early Sightings of Mars and Venus

Firstborn Versus Later-Born Toddlers

Social Class Differences in Word Learning

Scientific Sleuthing Pays Off

Lesson 1. The study of normal development helps in understanding language problems

Lesson 2. More language in=More language out

Lesson 3. Watching TV cannot make up for real comunication

Chapter 6. "More Juice!" - Babies Understand and Produce Simple Sentences Between Eighteen and Twenty-four Months of Age

What Toddlers Can Say

Two-Word Sentences Say It All

Try This: Two-word sentences take off! But what do they mean?

What Enables the Baby to Use Two-word Speech?

What Toddlers Can Understand

Investigating Two-Word Productions: What Children Comprehend

Try This: What are the cues my baby relies on to understand sentences?

What Does It Mean to Understand Sentences?

Babies find the units in the language stream

Babies realize that words in sentences describe events in the world

Try This: Can my baby understand that language maps to unique events?

Different arrangements of the units in sentences change sentence meaning

Try This: Does my baby understand that differences in word order signal differences in meaning?

Beyond Word Order: Children Attend to Grammatical Elements

Try This: Is my baby sensitive to grammatical elements?

"With" - A Grammatical Element in Action

Comprehension Far Outpaces Production, But Why?

Scientific Sleuthing Pays Off

Lesson 1. Engage in rich interpretation but don't bother to correct

Lesson 2. Your baby's caregiver is your ally

Chapter 7. The Language Sophisticate at Twenty-four to Thirty-six Months: Why? Why? Why?

The Emergence of Grammatical Capability

Adding Glue to the Sentence: Function Words and Particles

Try This: Finding grammatical function words and particles in your child's speech

Overgeneralizations: It Breaked!

Asking Questions

What's Up, Doc? Wh-Questions

Why, Why, Why?

Ifs, Ands, and Buts: The Grammatical Spurt

Is It Really Grammar?

The Source of Grammatical Capability in the Human Species

Where Does the Grammar Come From?

A Language Instinct?

The Critical Period: Time Is Running Out

Scientific Sleuthing Pays Off

Lesson 1. When should you worry?

Lesson 2. What should be do or not do to promote language growth?

Lesson 3. It's never too early to start learning a second language

Chapter 8. "Please" and "Thank You": Using Language to Get Things Done Between Twenty-four and Thirty-six Months

Mastering the Uses of Language

Learning a Language Is Learning a Culture

What Are You Really Asking? How Toddlers Understand Requests

Try This: How do I ask questions? Does my child make conventional inferences?

How To Ask: Getting What We Want

Try This: Can my child consciously use polite speech?

Learning Social Routines

Conversations with Two-Year-Olds

Try This: Can my child observe conversational rules?

Beyond Conversation: Telling the Stories of Our Lives Through Narratives

Try This: Does my child tell coherent narratives?

Using Language for Fun: Jokes and Pretense

Try This: Does my toddler make jokes?

Scientific Sleuthing Pays Off

Lesson 1. Constructing life stories with your child promotes narrative development

Lesson 2. There's more to storybooks than meets the eye

Epilogue. Tying It Up: Language Development from Birth to Age Three

How Far Have Children Gone?

Where Is the Child Going?

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452281738
Author:
Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick
Author:
Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy
Author:
Hirsh-Pasek, Kathryn
Publisher:
Plume Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Child Development
Subject:
Infants & Toddlers - Infants
Subject:
Language acquisition
Subject:
Life Stages - Infants & Toddlers/Infants
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-General
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-Infancy and Toddlerhood
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
231
Publication Date:
20000731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.16x5.98x.63 in. .69 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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In their first three years of life babies face the most complex learning endeavor they will ever undertake as human beings: They learn to talk. Now, as researchers make new forays into the mystery of the development of the human brain, authors Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, both developmental psychologists and language experts, offer parents a powerfully insightful guidebook to how infants--even while in the womb--begin to learn language. Along the way, the authors provide parents with the latest scientific findings, developmental milestones, and important advice on how to create the most effective learning environments for their children. This book takes readers on a fascinating, vitally important exploration of the dance between nature and nurture, and explains how parents can help their children learn more successfully.
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