Born to Talk : An Introduction to Speech and Language Development

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2010-01-26
  • Publisher: Pearson
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In a new fifth edition that offers exciting expansions and updates, Born To Talkcontinues to provide college students of all levels with a contemporary and comprehensive view of speech and language development in a reader-friendly and interactive manner. Structured to reflect the actual development of language in a child, this engaging text introduces readers to research-based information on the nature of human communication, theories of language and cognitive development, the anatomy and physiology of speech, milestones of language and literacy, cultural and linguistic diversity in language acquisition, and speech and language disorders.   The new revised fifth edition of Born To Talkincludes up-to-date research on the impact of parent-child interactions, language samples from one child across the first three years, and emergent literacy in preschool.  The revision also expands on the acquisition of the sound system and brings an integrated perspective of childhood language disorders through case examples.   New researchis covered throughout the book regarding the impact of parent-child interactions, language samples from one child across the first three years, and emergent literacy in preschool. An expanded section on the acquisition of the sound systemhelps readers better understand a vital aspect of language development. New case studiesfound throughout the text provide students with real-life examples of childhood language disorders.    "I was thrilled to find Born to Talkto use as a text for my undergraduate language acquisition course and as a supplement for my graduate early literacy course.  The book is challenging for students, but as scholarly as it is, it is also interesting and makes the study of language acquisition come alive for the students." Margaret Coxwell, Minot State University    

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
A Connection of Brainsp. 1
Separate but Related Processesp. 3
The Unique Characteristics of Human Speechp. 6
Speech: The Tale of Two Brainsp. 19
Web Sites to Explorep. 22
Review Questionsp. 22
References and Suggested Readingsp. 22
Language Acquisition: A Theoretical Journeyp. 24
Evidence of Biological and Environmental Influences on Language Learningp. 26
A Review: The Major Theories of Language Acquisitionp. 33
Web Sites to Explorep. 57
Review Questionsp. 57
References and Suggested Readingsp. 58
Cognitive Development: Building a Foundation for Languagep. 64
Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Developmentp. 66
Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development: A Sociocultural Perspectivep. 90
Dynamic Systems Theoryp. 97
The Perceptual Groundwork for Communicationp. 99
Executive Functionsp. 105
Web Sites to Explorep. 109
Review Questionsp. 109
References and Suggested Readingsp. 110
In the Beginning: Communication Development from Birth to 2 Yearsp. 116
From the Beginning, the Infant Communicatesp. 117
Ready to Receive Language: Perception and Comprehension of Wordsp. 138
Ready to Speak: Expressive Growth in Infancyp. 142
The Development of Communication Functions: Using Communication to Get Things Donep. 146
Beyond Infancy: The Emergence of Languagep. 151
Early Syntactic Development: A Stage Modelp. 158
Early Stage 1 (MLU: 1.0 to 1.5; Age: 12 to 22 Months)p. 160
Late Stage 1: Syntactic Development-Words to Word Combinations (MLU: 1.5 to 2.0; Age: 22 to 26 Months)p. 160
Comprehension and Production: A Critical and Evolving Relationshipp. 166
The Role of the Caregiver in the Acquisition of Early Languagep. 168
Social Routines Involving Literacy: Songs, Rhymes, and Storiesp. 170
Stage 1: A Brief Look Back and a Glimpse Forwardp. 174
Web Sites to Explorep. 174
Review Questionsp. 176
References and Suggested Readingsp. 176
The Saga Continues: Language Development Through the Preschool Yearsp. 186
Stage 2: Elaborating Structure and Refining Meaningp. 187
Stage 3: Producing Longer, More Adultlike Sentencesp. 201
Stage 4: Elaboration with Phrases and Clausesp. 208
Stage 5: Polishing the Actp. 215
The Role of Comprehension and Production in Language Developmentp. 225
Web Sites to Explorep. 232
Review Questionsp. 232
References and Suggested Readingsp. 233
Taking Language to School and into Adulthoodp. 240
Semantic Developmentp. 242
Syntax and Morphologyp. 253
Pragmatics, Conversation, and Narrativesp. 261
Metalinguistic Development During the School Yearsp. 274
Learning to Read and Writep. 277
Language in Adulthoodp. 291
And the Beat Goes Onp. 295
Web Sites to Explorep. 295
Review Questionsp. 296
References and Suggested Readingsp. 297
The Building Blocks of Speechp. 309
Describing Speech Soundsp. 310
Early Development of Speech Soundsp. 314
Later Development of Speech Soundsp. 318
Coarticulation and Suprasegmental Aspects of Speech Productionp. 325
The Roles of Biology, Cognition, and Social Interaction in Phonological Developmentp. 327
Web Sites to Explorep. 328
Review Questionsp. 328
References and Suggested Readingsp. 329
Language Diversity: Regional and Social/Cultural Differencesp. 332
Dialects and Accentsp. 334
Regional Dialectsp. 335
Social/Cutural Dialectsp. 339
The Changing Face of America and Bilingual Language Developmentp. 351
Bilingualismp. 352
Cognition, Language, and Literacy Developmentp. 356
The Optimal Age of Second Language Learningp. 359
A Closer Look at Simultaneous Bilingualismp. 362
A Closer Look at Successive or Sequential Bilingualismp. 365
Stages of Language Development in Bilingual Childrenp. 367
Cultural Diversity in the Public Schoolsp. 371
Web Sites to Explorep. 377
Review Questionsp. 377
References and Suggested Readingsp. 378
Speech and Language Disorders in the Home, School, and Communityp. 387
Causes and Types of Communication Disordersp. 390
Interrelationships of Speech and Language Disordersp. 399
Speech Disordersp. 403
Summaryp. 408
Final Thoughtsp. 408
Web Sites to Explorep. 408
Review Questionsp. 409
References and Suggested Readingsp. 409
Appendix: The Anatomical and Physiological Bases of Speech, Language, and Hearingp. 415
Speech as the Product of Borrowed Structuresp. 416
The Four Processes Speechp. 447
Respirationp. 418
Phonationp. 423
Resonationp. 429
Articulationp. 430
The Four Processes in Reviewp. 432
The Brain: The Computer Center for Speech and Languagep. 432
The Ear: An Energy Transformerp. 438
The Complete Speech and Language Machinep. 442
Web Sites to Explorep. 443
Review Questionsp. 443
References and Suggested Readingsp. 443
Name Indexp. 446
Subject Indexp. 456
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