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How Babies Talk

The Magic and Mystery of Language in the First Three Years of Life

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek


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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, Golinkoff and Hirsh-Pasek, both developmental psychologists and language experts, offer parents a powerfully insightful guidebook to how infantseven while in the wombbegin 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.

Praise For How Babies Talk: The Magic and Mystery of Language in the First Three Years of Life

“This is a great book. It’s an important addition to any parent’s library.”—T. Berry Brazelton

“An in-depth study of language development during the first three years of life… The text is interspersed with activities readers can use to assess the specific development of their own children... useful and interesting to anyone involved with young children.”—Library Journal

“Crisp, clear, concise, often humorous. The contents are unusually substantive for a handbook targeted to parents, as the bibliography of scientific citations confirms. Important scientific results and their applications to daily life are highlighted as lessons under the heading ‘Scientific Sleuthing Pays Off’ and modified for use at home as ‘Try This’ exercises. A key resource for parenting collections.”—Booklist

Plume, 9780452281738, 272pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2000

About the Author

Roberta M. Golinkoff, Ph.D., is a professor in the departments of Educational Studies, Psychology, and Linguistics at the University of Delaware, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. She lives in Newark, Delaware.

Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Temple University and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her research examines the development of early language and literacy as well as the role of play in learning. With her long-term collaborator, Roberta Golinkoff, she is author of 14 books and hundreds of publications, she is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award, the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, the Association for Psychological Science James McKeen Cattell Award, the Society for Research in Child Development, Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award and the APA Distinguished Lecturer Award. Her book Becoming Brilliant: What the Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children was a New York Times bestseller.