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Talking to Children
Language Input and Acquisition

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Catherine E. Snow, Charles A. Ferguson, Jacqueline Sachs, Olga K. Garnica, Ton van der Geest, Elissa L. Newport, Henry Gleitman, Lila R. Gleitman, Toni G. Cross, Marilyn Shatz, Rochel Gelman, Jen Berko Gleason, Velta Rūķe-Draviņa, Jim Bynon, Dorothy Davis Wills, Ben G. Blount, Sara Harkness, Allen D. Grimshaw, Susan Ervin-Tripp, Elaine S. Andersen
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  • Date Published: March 1979
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521295130

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  • First published in 1977, this book draws together various contributions on the area of speech used by parents with their children. Numerous perspectives on the topic include the comparison of baby talk with other simplified registers by linguists, the analysis of cross-cultural differences in mother and child interaction by anthropologists, and the relation of language development to differences in styles of childcare and the child's social environment in general by psychologists. The text had its origins in a conference sponsored by the Sociolinguistics Committee of the Social Science Research Council. It will be of value to anyone with an interest in language acquisition and development.

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    • Date Published: March 1979
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521295130
    • length: 382 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Catherine E. Snow and Charles A. Ferguson
    Part I. Maternal Speech Styles:
    1. Mothers' speech research: from input to interaction Catherine E. Snow
    2. The adaptive significance of linguistic input to prelinguistic infants Jacqueline Sachs
    3. Some prosodic and paralinguistic features of speech to young children Olga K. Garnica
    4. Some interactional aspects of language acquisition Ton van der Geest
    5. Mother, I'd rather do it myself: some effects and non-effects of maternal speech style Elissa L. Newport, Henry Gleitman and Lila R. Gleitman
    6. Mothers' speech adjustments: the contribution of selected child listener variables Toni G. Cross
    7. Beyond syntax: the influence of conversational constraints on speech modifications Marilyn Shatz and Rochel Gelman
    8. Talking to children: some notes on feedback Jen Berko Gleason
    Part II. Baby-Talk Registers and Cross-Cultural Perspectives:
    9. Baby talk as a simplified register Charles A. Ferguson
    10. Modifications of speech addressed to young children in Latvian Velta Rūķe-Draviņa
    11. The derivational processes relating Berber nursery words to their counterparts in normal inter-adult speech Jim Bynon
    12. Participant deixis in English and baby talk Dorothy Davis Wills
    13. Ethnography and caretaker-child interaction Ben G. Blount
    14. Aspects of social environment and first language acquisition in rural Africa Sara Harkness
    Part III:
    15. A sociologist's point of view Allen D. Grimshaw
    16. A psychologist's point of view Susan Ervin-Tripp
    References
    Annotated bibliography Elaine S. Andersen.

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    Catherine E. Snow

    Charles A. Ferguson

    Contributors

    Catherine E. Snow, Charles A. Ferguson, Jacqueline Sachs, Olga K. Garnica, Ton van der Geest, Elissa L. Newport, Henry Gleitman, Lila R. Gleitman, Toni G. Cross, Marilyn Shatz, Rochel Gelman, Jen Berko Gleason, Velta Rūķe-Draviņa, Jim Bynon, Dorothy Davis Wills, Ben G. Blount, Sara Harkness, Allen D. Grimshaw, Susan Ervin-Tripp, Elaine S. Andersen

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