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How Language Comes to Children: From Birth to Two Years

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That children learn to speak so skillfully at a young age has long fascinated adults. Most children virtually master their native tongue even before learning to tie their shoelaces. The ability to acquire language has historically been regarded as a "gift"--a view given scientific foundation only in the present century by Noam Chomsky's theory of "universal grammar," which ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 18th 1999 by MIT Press (MA)
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Martha
An inviting read, the relatively casual presentation helped me quickly digest the whole. I could hardly put it down. It works well as a partial introduction to the field of experimental linguistics, without proceeding too slowly.

Occasionally, though, the facts are obscured by the chatty tone. For example - non-nutritive sucking is a fascinating method and I admire the ingenuity of Siqueland and DeLucia for thinking it up. It unmistakably demonstrates powers of discrimination among infants. Howe
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