Listen to Your Child: A Parent's Guide to Children's Language (Penguin Health Books) Paperback – 26 Jan 1989
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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'. David Crystal explains that this happens because the child is not simply imitating adult speech. Rather, it has started noticing patterns in speech and is working out the rules for itself. Having noticed pairs such as 'walk'/'walked' and 'jump'/'jumped', the child devises a rule that says to add 'ed' to a verb to form the past tense. Later, the child will notice that there are exceptions to this rule and will correctly produce 'went' and 'knew'.
My only criticism of this book is that it has no index. Apart from that, it's excellent.
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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