Children's Speech: A Practical Introduction to Communication Development

Children's Speech: A Practical Introduction to Communication Development

Children's Speech: A Practical Introduction to Communication Development

Children's Speech: A Practical Introduction to Communication Development

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We hope that you will enjoy reading this book. Our goal has been to translate the discoveries of researchers into everyday language and to try to show people who work with children how these discoveries can be translated into everyday practice. We will not bury you with jargon; when we use a term, we define what we are talking about and give examples. We do not use extensive footnotes. Rather, we place the author's name and the date of a cited publication in parentheses right in the text (Smith, 1968). You may ignore such citations unless you want to follow up an idea in detail. In that case, look up the cited work in the bibliography at the back of the book. If you wish to read further about topics in the chapters, most chapters contain suggestions for further reading, along with some description of what is in each of these longer works. Reading in depth will begin to teach you more about the fascination which children's speech holds for researchers and teachers.

Readers familiar with our first edition will notice that we have added a new chapter about nonverbal communication and its development in children. In addition, we have updated the other chapters extensively. The most important change in the five years since the first edition appeared has been a shift toward studying the development of meanings in children's speech. In line with this change, the chapter on semantics has been entirely rewritten and moved from the fifth chapter in the first edition to the third chapter in this edition.

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