Now in its Fourth Edition, Born to Talk: An Introduction to Speech and Language Development traces development through real time with attention to how the various components of language are integrated in a single child's journey to adult language.
Suitable for majors and non-majors, undergraduate and graduate students alike, this text provides a comprehensive view of speech and language development written in a reader-friendly manner. In addition to a real-time presentation of speech and language development, the book contains information on theories of language development, cognitive development, the anatomy and physiology of speech, language diversity, and communication disorders. It also includes revised sections on African American English, Hispanic English, cultural diversity in the public schools, adolescent and adult language, and a much expanded section on fluency disorders.
The Fourth Edition features a new and unique chapter on bilingualism. It has been updated throughout with to reflect current research and topics, such as Asian English. To improve the organization, Ch 10 is condensed and information on anatomy and physiology has been moved to the Appendix. Four new tables are added to visually supplement the text.
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I would like to thank the authors for writing one of the best books available for the course that I teach. I would like to encourage them to continue updating and expanding the book so that it remains the premier text for speech and language development courses, particularly at the undergraduate level.
Bertha Smith Clark, Middle Tennessee State University
This is a very good introductory level book.
Robert Ackerman, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
The pedagogical features are one of the many things I really like about Born to Talk. The chapter objectives are great for giving students a mental outline before they start reading the chapter. The review questions at the end of the chapters hit on the key points and are a great study tool for students. The tables and charts supplement the text very nicely and highlight key points.
Ellen Stubbe Kester, The University of Texas at Austin
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Book Description Allyn & Bacon, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110205453317