- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (26 Jan. 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140110151
- ISBN-13: 978-0140110159
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Listen to Your Child: A Parent's Guide to Children's Language (Penguin Health Books) Paperback – 26 Jan 1989
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About the Author
David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He has published over 90 books, and was awarded the OBE for services to the English language in 1995. He is also the editor of The New Penguin Factfinder and author of How Language Works. He lives in Holyhead, Anglesey.
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As the title suggests, the emphasis is on observing your child's language. The book explains what developments to expect at each stage from birth to the early school years. It also gives practical exercises you can do with your child to discover what pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar he or she has learned. These exercises are simple, often using the child's toys, and are designed in such a way that the child will not feel that he or she is being tested.
I believe that even the most observant of parents will find something in this book that they would otherwise have missed. For example, did you know that 3- or 4-year-olds tend to assume that things happen in the order in which they are said in a sentence and that this can result in misunderstandings? The author gives the following sentence as an example: 'Now, before you go out to play, I want you to put all your things away!' A child will pay attention to the order of the words 'go out to play ... put all your things away' and will go out to play first! As the author explains, it's all to do with subordinate clauses, and children do not fully master these until later.
This book also provides reassurance that what looks like a problem can actually be a sign of progress. For example, children go through a stage of producing incorrect past tense forms, such as 'goed' and 'knowed'.Read more ›
Language and its acquisition are such vital elements in life and David Crystal has provided a invaluable guide for parents who also want to travel thoughtfully on the journey.
David Crystal loves language, understands how it develops and provides wonderful insights for adults, helping us tune in to the child's experiments with words and sentences.
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It's one of David Crystal's. What more can I say? In designing it to be accessible to parents, he's also made it very accessible to sixth form students studying English Language A... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Fran
Who knew Professors of Linguistics had a sense of humour? Was set this book as an introduction for my Speech and Language Therapy course, and loved it. Easy to read and apply. Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2014 by Ms. AC Hodges
A fascinating book that blends information about the complex way language develops with interesting case studies. Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2013 by hanbee
as much as this book has useful information..it does go on a bit ..i think this book is more if u taking a course more in the socialogy side of things not for everyday reading when... Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2013 by Daniella