Born to Talk An Introduction to Speech and Language Development with Enhanced Pearson eText -- Access Card Package

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2014-03-17
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With its primary focus on language development, Born to Talk, 6/e provides a comprehensive, contemporary, reader-friendly look at the many new and exciting contributions to the information about human language acquisition. In it, readers keep informed of the complex array of topics that provide the foundation for human communication and its development from birth through young adulthood. It is the ideal resource for students and practitioners in speech-language pathology, early childhood education, general education, special education, and related disciplines. The Enhanced Pearson eText features embedded video to illustrate key concepts and pop-up assessments to help students assess their proficiency.


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0133783758 / 9780133783759 Born to Talk: An Introduction to Speechand Language Development with Enhanced Pearson eText -- Access Card Package

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Author Biography

Kathleen Fahey, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus at the University of Northern Colorado.  She is a speech-language pathologist with 36 years experience in the assessment and intervention of childhood speech, language and literacy disorders.  Her areas of expertise include development and disorders of articulation and phonology, early language, and school-age language and literacy. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in a traditional and online format.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1

A Connection of Brains     

Separate but Related Processes    

The Unique Characteristics of Human Speech    

Speech: The Tale of Two Brains    

Surfing the Web

Review Questions


Chapter 2

Language Acquisition: A Theoretical Journey     

Evidence of Biological and Environmental Influences on Language Learning    

A Review: The Major Theories of Language Acquisition    

Surfing the Web     

Review Questions    


Chapter 3

Cognitive Development: Building a Foundation for Language     

Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development    

Vygotsky’s Theory of Cognitive Development: A Sociocultural Perspective    

Dynamic Systems Theory    

The Perceptual Groundwork for Communication    

Executive Functions    

Surfing the Web

Review Questions    


Chapter 4

In the Beginning: Communication Development from Birth to 2 Years     

From the Beginning, the Infant Communicates   

Ready to Receive Language: Perception and Comprehension of Words   

Ready to Speak: Expressive Growth in Infancy    

The Development of Communication Functions: Using Communication to Get Things Done    

Beyond Infancy: The Emergence of Language    

Early Syntactic Development: A Stage Model    

Early Stage 1 (MLU: 1.0 to 1.5; Age: 12 to 22 Months)   

Late Stage 1: Syntactic Development–Words to Word Combinations (MLU: 1.5 to 2.0; Age: 22 to 26 Months)   

Comprehension and Production: A Critical and Evolving Relationship   

Social Routines Involving Literacy: Songs, Rhymes, and Stories   

Stage 1: A Brief Look Back and a Glimpse Forward   

Surfing the Web   

Review Questions    


Chapter 5

The Saga Continues: Language Development Through the Preschool Years    

Stage 2: Elaborating Structure and Refining Meaning    

Stage 3: Producing Longer, More Adultlike Sentences    

Stage 4: Elaboration with Phrases and Clauses    

Stage 5: Polishing the Act   

The Role of Comprehension and Production in Language Development    

Surfing the Web

Review Questions   


Chapter 6

Taking Language to School and into Adulthood    

The Classroom and Language: New Demands

Semantic Development   

Syntax and Morphology    

Pragmatics, Conversation, and Narratives    

Metalinguistic Development During the School Years    

Learning to Read and Write    

And the Beat Goes On . . .    

Surfing the Web

Review Questions    


Chapter 7

The Building Blocks of Speech     

Describing Speech Sounds    

Development of Speech Sounds in Prelinguistic and The One-Word Stage

Development of Speech Sounds in Two-Word Utterances and Beyond

Coarticulation and Suprasegmental Aspects of Speech Production    

The Roles of Biology, Cognition, and Social Interaction in Phonological Development    

Surfing the Web

Review Questions   


Chapter 8

Language Diversity: Social/Cultural and Regional Differences     

Socioeconomic Factors

Social/Cultural Factors

Social/Cultural Dialects    

The Changing Face of America and Bilingual Language Development   


The Optimal Age of Second Language Learning    

Cognition, Language, and Literacy Development

Cultural Diversity in the Public Schools   

Surfing the Web

Review Questions   


Chapter 9

Speech and Language Disorders in the Home, School, and Community     

Interrelationships of Speech and Language Disorders    

Causes and Types of Communication Disorders

Speech Disorders    


Final Thoughts    

Surfing the Web

Review Questions    



The Anatomical and Physiological Bases of Speech, Language, and Hearing   

Speech as the Product of Borrowed Structures   

The Four Processes of Speech   





The Four Processes in Review    

The Brain: The Computer Center for Speech and Language    

The Ear: An Energy Transformer    

The Complete Speech and Language Machine    

Surfing the Web

Review Questions    


Name Index    

Subject Index   

References and Suggested Readings 

Rewards Program

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