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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 powerfullyIn 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....

Title : How Babies Talk: The Magic and Mystery of Language in the First Three Years of Life
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ISBN : 9780452281738
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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How Babies Talk: The Magic and Mystery of Language in the First Three Years of Life Reviews

  • Sarah
    2019-03-09 10:31

    Researchers in language development present the findings on language development from womb to 3 years to a general audience. There's so much information presented here and yet it's never dry or boring.I picked this up because I wanted some ideas of what I could be doing with my toddler to encourage him to talk more (he clearly understands a ton more than the handful of words he'll actually say when he feels like it), but I kept reading it because I was fascinated to learn all the different skills babies acquire long before they're even ready to talk that make that achievement possible.Golinkoff and Hirsch-Pasek break down the research at all stages of development (prenatal-3 months, 4-8 months, 9-12 months, 12-18 months, 2 chapters on 18-24 months, and 24-36 months) during the first 3 years to discuss what skills babies generally learn this period, what parents can do to encourage this development, a few fun experiments where parents can try to demonstrate these skills, and what might cause concern at this point (and just as importantly, what isn't a problem).For the most part this is a pretty reassuring book, stressing that even before babies start talking, they're still busy learning a surprising number of skills required to make the leap to verbalizing, as well as stressing the fact that there's a wide range of ages where children learn to talk and most of the reasons children are speech delayed aren't even significant by the time they start school. As for my uninterested in speaking toddler, the book reassured me that as long as he's interested in communicating in other ways and speaks some, there's no need for concern until age 2.As an English major in college and now a librarian, I'm definitely a fan of written and spoken language and was eager to learn about all the building blocks that go into using a spoken language to communicate. While this is written more for parents, there's enough concentration on the general building blocks of language (comparisons are made to babies learning other languages, including sign language, throughout the book) that any language enthusiast would find something to care about here.

  • Kevin E
    2019-03-24 07:26

    This is one of those books that you labor through the middling, boring part, and then -- WHAM!-- you get that one "nugget" that made the entire book invaluable to read. I received much more than one, though--there was just a significant one that immediately enhanced my own personal communication style and added another-much deeper-dimension, while also allowing me to reframe and understand past events and conversations. It grabs your attention and interest right away, and then delves into the analytical discourse deconstructing some of the tedious studies which-though absolutely necessary in the research-was just plain boring to plough through. Some of the studies were only fractionally different from each other. Of course, this is no fault of the author's, but it gave the middle third of the book more of a scientific journalism flavor, rather than the more easily flowing conversational style it begins and ends in. It's a gem, however, and highly-recommended for anyone looking for the origins and development of human language-over a broad chronological scale-or simply trying to understand the little people in their lives--whether it's a child in their circle of family and friends, their own "inner child," or both. Enjoy the ride!

  • Malbadeen
    2019-03-19 12:31

    this book relay's in GREAT DETAIL the fact that most babies babble, then imitate, the articulate. DUH!!!My favorite part is that each chapter ends with "activities" parents can do to further their child's language development.My only regret is that I didn't read this in my leisure time while my kids were young enough to benefit, but rather went around blindly interacting with my kids unaware that I might be propelling their language abilities by leaps and bounds if only I had such pithy advice as this:"babies will enjoy the attention and the language they hear in the 'Where's X?' game, in which family and friends are continually mentioned by name and Irving has to point or look at each person in turn".WOOOOAAAA!!! I totally didn't even think of that game. I was wasting my time with "what does a cow say, and what does a sheep say" games and now - DAMN IT ALL ANYWAY my poor kids are just wandering around the house mooing and baaing and they don't know where the hell anyone is and I see now, I see the error of my ways! If only I'd had this book - and if only my son was named "Irving"....things might be different.

  • Rachael
    2019-03-22 08:22

    My new standard baby shower gift, but not just for parents - more a "how it happens" than a "how to teach it". The authors are both PhDs AND mothers, so the information is easily accessable, but not dumbed down, with everyday examples of language use as well as descriptions of experiements designed to test specific theories.

  • Cal
    2019-03-14 06:25

    Interesting book required by my language development class. This is a great book to use for class and presents the information in a comprehensible, readable way. I learned some really fascinating things about children's language abilities that I never knew! The audience of this book is mothers, not linguists, so don't be afraid to pick this one up and read it if you're a mom to be.

  • Allegra
    2019-03-12 11:15

    I have to admit that I did not finish reading this book, but only because the info was repetitive after having taken a speech and language development course. In the half I read, I found the book interesting and well written for anyone to read, but definitely geared towards parents.

  • Melissa
    2019-02-22 09:06

    I LOVE this book, which I first read in a linguistics course in college. Babies and language are RAD. This book is neither too geared towards parents nor too scientific, so if doesn't matter if you have kids or you don't, or if you even like children at all.

  • Leroy
    2019-03-07 07:30

    At one year and 8mths Cece is saying Daddy more clearly. I think she can say Sleep instead of eep.This book would be interesting to give an insight to the process but I think I would rather enjoy the rolling account of her speech development than analyze the process.

  • Noelani
    2019-03-15 09:29

    Fascinating book about speech development and how it is studied. Fun to compare it to what G is doing and try out the little "experiments" on him.

  • Othman
    2019-03-06 13:09

    This is a book a non-linguistics major would probably find interesting as it may answer some questions regarding language acquisition. For me, a linguistics major, I found myself often putting the book down, skipping pages, reading through the section. It's kind of boring considering that I already know this stuff.

  • Beth
    2019-03-04 11:25

    This account of how children learn language was fascinating and well-supported by research. It would be a fantastic shower gift for any parent who is interested in how their little ones learn to communicate. The best part, imo, are the instructions for how to conduct your own investigations with your own child. It's very fun to see your child learn language, and even more fun when you understand the process and know which features to watch for (e.g., properly using plurals).

  • Alice Eccles
    2019-03-21 08:10

    A fascinating look at how babies and toddlers work to process language and learn to produce it themselves. The book is aimed at parents of babies, since each chapter contains exercises or mini-experiments to try at home with a child. It is amazing what researchers have been able to figure out about what babies know and can understand even before they are able to talk!

  • Kerry
    2019-03-14 12:11

    great information about typical language development in infants and children in first three years of life.

  • Madeline Henry
    2019-03-01 06:24

    2.5 starsI read this book for my speech development class, and it was honestly just mediocre.

  • Mary Messall
    2019-03-06 13:32

    I wish this had been a little more technical/scientific in terms of linguistics and grammar, actually. But it does have some good material about a very interesting subject

  • Gina
    2019-02-27 10:29

    Interesting to learn a little bit more about how one acquires language.

  • Kara
    2019-03-20 12:07

    Very interesting.

  • Melisda
    2019-03-25 10:10

    Interesting read on child development. Good set up, so busy parents can read, set down, get toddler & repeat.

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-06 13:17

    Pick up again when Livia is 9 months old!

  • Charity
    2019-03-23 13:06

    I keep hoping to get something out this