In the ever-deepening field of developmental psychology, the ability to learn language - so inherent in humans - still fascinates from a scientific perspective. From more recent realizations, like that fetuses begin to grasp the most rudimentary parts of language while still in the womb, to more established knowledge concerning how a mother tongue is recognized by a young mind, Dr. Kathy Hirsch-Pasek and Dr. Roberta Golinkiff seek to expose you to the beauty of language, from the significance of babbling, to associations between symbols and sounds. Your guide through these intriguing discoveries is performer Kristin Dzuiba who brilliantly narrates this scientific study with excellent sense accessibility.
Two developmental psychologists/language experts offer parents a powerfully insightful guide to how infants - even while in the womb - begin to learn language.
©1999 Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"This is a great book...an important addition to any parent's library" (T. Berry Brazelton)
This was a required text for my First Language Acquisition class, and it was great to have it in audio format so I could "study" during my commute to school. We had other assigned reading material which was much more technical, so this book was nice to go through, as well, because everything is explained so clearly. It was written for parents, but it's still definitely based on the linguistic studies fine on this field, some by this book's authors themselves. I think this should be required reading for all parents. If I have kids, I'll be coming back to it myself.
I thought the narrator did a good job, but the place felt ridiculously slow. It sounded a lot more normal at 1.25x the speed, and I listened primarily at 1.5x to save time (which sounded just fine). I think I've listened to this book three times, if you add up the repetitions I've racked up while preparing for quizzes.
This audiobook contained a lot of really good information. Many chapters contained lots of scientific information which I found useful and gave the book more credibility. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about how babies talk and how they progress from being born through multiple ages. If I had to give one negative critique, I would say the book should have contained more examples. The author was academic at times, therefore, more examples would've been beneficial.
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