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How Language Comes to Children: From Birth to Two Years / Edition 1
     

How Language Comes to Children: From Birth to Two Years / Edition 1

by Benedicte de de Boysson-Bardies, M. B. DeBevoise, M. B. De Bevoise
 

ISBN-10: 0262541254

ISBN-13: 9780262541251

Pub. Date: 02/19/2001

Publisher: MIT Press

That children learn to speak so skillfully at a young age has long fascinated adults.
Most children virtually master their native tongue even before learning to tie their shoelaces. The ability to acquire language has historically been regarded as a "gift" -- a view given scientific foundation only in the present century by Noam Chomsky's theory of "universal

Overview

That children learn to speak so skillfully at a young age has long fascinated adults.
Most children virtually master their native tongue even before learning to tie their shoelaces. The ability to acquire language has historically been regarded as a "gift" -- a view given scientific foundation only in the present century by Noam Chomsky's theory of "universal grammar," which posits an innate knowledge of the principles that structure all languages.

In this delightful, accessible book, psycholinguist Bénédicte de Boysson-Bardies presents a broad picture of language development, from fetal development to the toddler years, and examines a wide range of puzzling questions: How do newborns recognize elements of speech? How do they distinguish them from nonspeech sounds? How do they organize and analyze them? How do they ultimately come to understand and reproduce these sounds? Finally, how does the ability to communicate through language emerge in children? Boysson-Bardies also addresses questions of particular interest to parents, such as whether one should speak to children in a special way to facilitate language learning and whether there is cause to worry when a twenty-month-old child does not yet speak. Although the author provides a clear summary of the current state of language acquisition theory, the special appeal of the book lies in her research and "dialogue" with her many young subjects.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262541251
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/19/2001
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
Fourth Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Gift of Language
A CompleX Gift
The Gift of Evolution
The Gift of Speech and the Child
The Question of Modularity
An Interactive Learning System
Speech and Communication
From Infans to Child
1 The Infant Does Not Talk, But . . .
The Newborn Child: A Stranger
Speech Is Not the Infant's Language
A Competent Newborn
The Infant Is Prepared Before Birth
The Talents of Infants
What's in a Name?
Organization of the Brain for Language
2 The Emergence of Speech
Vocal EXpressions of the First Months
Quick Studies of Their Native Language
Babbling
What Do Children Say Between Seven and Ten Months?
What Do Children Say Between Ten and Twelve Months?
Wherein the Babbling of Babes Is Subjected to the Seriousness of
Scientists
Do French Babies Babble in French and Yoruba Babies in Yoruba?
They Begin Speaking Their Language Without an Accent
Babbling in Sign Language
3 The Communicative Universe of the
Baby
Communication and EXpression
Looking
Reciprocal Behaviors
TurnTaking
EXpression of Emotion
Sharing Information About the Outside World
Motherese
Baby Talk
Cultures and Modes of Talking to Babies
Critical Periods
4 Discovering the Meaning of Words: Nine to
Seventeen Months
Dividing Up and Assembling
The Infant in Action
Putting Together the Pieces of the Puzzle
The Problem of Small Pieces
Recognizing and Understanding
Finding the Same Object Again
Recognizing Familiar Words
The Mental Representation of Words
Understanding Words
5 The First LeXical Steps: Eleven to Eighteen
Months
TheWords for Saying It
The Word and the Baby
Is the Baby a Physicist?
Objects and Words
First Words
Trials and Errors
Two LeXicons?
Building the First Vocabulary
6 To Each Baby His Own Style
All the Same and All Different
Émilie, Sean, and Timmy: The Minimalist Strategy
Simon, Léo, and Marie: The Charms of Conversation
Charles, Noël, and Others: The Middle Way
Henri: Stepping Back to Move Forward
They Are the Ones Who Choose
7 Languages, Cultures, and Children
Language and Socialization
Cultural Milieus and First Words
Subjects of Conversation of French, American, Swedish, and
Japanese Children
The Hedonism of French Babies
The Pragmatism and Sociability of American Children
The Taste for Action of Swedish Children
The Aesthetic Sense of Japanese Babies
But All the Children of the World
8 Speech Becomes Language: Eighteen to
TwentyFour Months
A New Step
The EXplosion of the LeXicon
The Discovery of Phonology
The Modification of Cerebral Responses
First Sentences
The First Sentences of French Children
Conclusion
AppendiX A: The Principal Stages in the Development of Speech from
Before Birth to Two Years
AppendiX B: International Phonetic Alphabet
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
IndeX

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