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SPEECH & LANGUAGE -any professionals/buffs out there, quick query!

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LittlePushka Thu 04-Sep-08 22:41:22

I am really very interested in speech and language development in young children and hearing it all unfold in my little boy has been truly fascinating.

I would really like to know more about the theory and would be very grateful if any of you could recommend a textbook for me to get into.

(PS He has no problems and I am not pushy,...just fired up by how and why it happens!grin)

GivePeasAChance Thu 04-Sep-08 22:43:35

Stephen Pinker 'The Language Instinct' is very readable and comes from the view that humans' brains are programmed to learn language before they are born.

jimjamshaslefttheyurt Thu 04-Sep-08 22:43:37

How Babies Talk - not a text book but very readable by Golinkoff and Hiresh-Pasek

jimjamshaslefttheyurt Thu 04-Sep-08 22:44:14

Language aquisition does have its controversies though....

GivePeasAChance Thu 04-Sep-08 22:47:44

Quite - which is why I stated what the Stephen Pinker view is !! It's not everyone's cup of tea. No-one really knows how it happens - there are just theories.

gigglewitch Thu 04-Sep-08 22:48:00

from mum and teacher perspective, take a look here? (including the "also" line at the bottom of the page wink)

jimjamshaslefttheyurt Thu 04-Sep-08 22:58:20

The How Babies Talk book is recommended by Pinker on the back, so will present the same view.

asicsgirl Fri 05-Sep-08 14:11:02

ooh i like this question!

pinker 'language instinct' is a great read but not sure i would recommend it to someone who is interested in finding out the nuts and bolts. as others have suggested, it's a very partial view, although he has a great writing style and makes his points very persuasively! grinnot sure golinkoff and hirsh-pasek have exactly the same views as pinker, but they are very focused on brains as opposed to minds...

a very simple read is david crystal 'listen to your child'. some nice ideas for little experiments/ observations you can make at home (!) to give you an insight into what is happening in your own child's development too.

o'grady's book is a bit more technical but still readable, and gives you a bit more detail about how researchers have found out what we know so far!

berko gleason is good too tho' you may need to get it second hand or from a library.

finally if you get really into it, eve clark is the one i get my second year students to buy. very comprehensive and detailed but still readable (just)!

hth! happy reading smile

LittlePushka Fri 05-Sep-08 15:10:07

Thank you so much asics girl,..I am checking out all your very kind suggestions and I cannot wait to get my teeth into them!

Only need another 6 hrs a day to read them...

Thanks again!smile

LittlePushka Fri 05-Sep-08 15:26:42

PS Asics girl, do you know if any of the suggestions you kindly made have commentary on dialects/accents?

asicsgirl Fri 05-Sep-08 16:44:14

hi littlepushka! good question... couldn't tell you off the top of my head but i would imagine they will all mention it somewhere. are you looking for particular info?

LittlePushka Fri 05-Sep-08 19:01:12

not especially asics girl,...just want to know everything! and also dh and i are very different so interesting to see who the boys copy for what before they become homogenised by primary school!

LittlePushka Sun 07-Sep-08 21:43:33

How Babies Talk - by Golinkoff and Hiresh-Pasek ....just aboutto finish this. What a great read to have whilst having a toddler to oblige with testing the theories. Great!

Waiting for the rest to arrive..! Thanks again

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