How Babies Talks by Roberta Michnick Golink and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

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How Babies Talk is a book written by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek. The book discusses how babies acquire language throughout various stages (The first three years of life) of their infant life. The chapter I chose to elaborate on was chapter 7, which outlines language and grammar between the ages of twenty-four to thirty-six months. Chapter 7 begins with the ways children develop more sophisticated grammar and vocabulary. Golinkoff states that the usage of “the” “-ing” “-s” “-ed” and “and” illustrates the glue of sentence structure and particles. The examples given in the text iterate that without these simple words and endings, sentences used by children would not make sense. The main point of this chapter is how children use questions to learn how to communicate properly. The single word question “Why?” has much to do with how a child learns proper communication. Golinkoff’s idea of children learning from asking why is a thought that I agree with. As a child my parents often told me to ask why because that is how you learn new things. To this day, I still follow the advice of my parents; the use of why allows me to further my knowledge of material that I previously did not know. In relation to Golinkoff’s idea about children learning from asking why seems rather feasible as asking why in other aspects of life helps individuals learn more. The idea also relates to what was discussed in lecture that children often repeat (in the sense what

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