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

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

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by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek
 

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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

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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.

"This is a great book. It's an important addition to any parent's library." --T. Berry Brazelton

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D., is an H. Rodney Sharp professor at the University of Delaware.
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Temple University, where she directs the Infant Language Laboratory. Their research on language development has been funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, as well as the National Science Foundation. The authors were also featured on the PBS Human Language series, which aired in 1995.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Both mothers and specialists in infant language, Golinkoff (education, Univ. of Delaware) and Hirsh-Pasek (psychology, Temple Univ.) present an in-depth study of language development during the first three years of life. Beginning with the fetus and newborn, the authors take the reader through the steps and stages of language learning. The text is interspersed with activities readers can use to assess the specific development of their own children. While stressing the individual differences of children in using language, each chapter includes indicators of delayed development to alert parents and caregivers. How Babies Talk should be useful and interesting to anyone involved with young children. Recommended for public and academic libraries.--Kay L. Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills, MD Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This guide to how children learn language highlights the "extraordinary in the ordinary" and applies the latest scientific research to understanding the art of speech. Golinkoff and Hirsh-Patek, academics at the University of Delaware and Temple University respectively, draw from linguistics, psychology, and their own experience as mothers to plumb the depths of language learning. Their conclusion? Babies know a lot more than they're letting on. In fact, because of breakthrough studies that monitor fetal heartbeats, researchers now know that even before birth, babies not only recognize their mothers' voices, but can also discriminate between nursery rhymes they've heard before and those that are new. From that point, the authors discuss babies' early attempts at nonverbal communication, moving toward those hard-won first words, through the toddlers' "vocabulary spurt," right up to the preschoolers' Herculean struggle to master not only the niceties of grammar, but also the social aspect of knowing what to say and when to say it. Using techniques that track babies' gaze, heartbeats, and bottle-sucking rates, the book does an impressive job of taking readers behind the scenes of each of these milestones. While they stress that "children's minds are rich with language-learning resources," the authors emphasize what parents and caregivers can do to help the process along; suggestions include using "infant-directed" language, commonly known as "baby talk" so that words, phrases and vowels stand out amidst the endless stream of adult talk, and engaging in "rich interpretation" of a toddler's two-word sentence by expanding on the thought without offering corrections. How Babies Talk takes arefreshingly reassuring tone about speech delays, asserting that most children eventually catch up to their more loquacious peers. When it comes to language learning, the authors declare, "nature and nurture are involved in an intricate dance with each other. `' This book will certainly help parents learn some new steps.

From the Publisher
“This is a great book. It’s an important addition to any parent’s library.”—T. Berry Brazelton

“An in-depth study of language development during the first three years of life… The text is interspersed with activities readers can use to assess the specific development of their own children... useful and interesting to anyone involved with young children.”—Library Journal

“Crisp, clear, concise, often humorous. The contents are unusually substantive for a handbook targeted to parents, as the bibliography of scientific citations confirms. Important scientific results and their applications to daily life are highlighted as lessons under the heading ‘Scientific Sleuthing Pays Off’ and modified for use at home as ‘Try This’ exercises. A key resource for parenting collections.”—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525944553
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/1999
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.94(d)

Meet 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.

Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Temple University and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her research examines the development of early language and literacy as well as the role of play in learning. With her long-term collaborator, Roberta Golinkoff, she is author of 14 books and hundreds of publications, she is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award, the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, the Association for Psychological Science James McKeen Cattell Award, the Society for Research in Child Development, Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award and the APA Distinguished Lecturer Award. Her book Becoming Brilliant: What the Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children was a New York Times bestseller.

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How Babies Talk: The Magic and Mystery of Language in the First Three Years of Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
brhorvath More than 1 year ago
Einstein was fundamental in understanding the fact that parents are obligated to interact with their children. The second book illuminates that if you pay attention you will see the wonder of the human mind's development. Enjoy this book and what your 0-3 year old's initial experiences with the human condition signify!