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The Onset of Language : Cambridge Studies in Cognitive & Perceptual Development - Nobuo Masataka

The Onset of Language

Cambridge Studies in Cognitive & Perceptual Development


Published: 24th November 2003
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The Onset of Language outlines an approach to the development of expressive and communicative behaviour from early infancy to the onset of single word utterances. Nobuo Masataka's research is rooted in ethology and dynamic action theory. He argues that expressive and communicative actions are organised as a complex and cooperative system with other elements of the infant's physiology, behaviour and the social environments. Overall, humans are provided with a finite set of specific behaviour patterns, each of which is phylogenetically inherited as a primate species. However, the patterns are uniquely organised during ontogeny and a coordinated structure emerges which eventually leads us to acquire language. This fascinating book offers exciting, new insights into the precursors of speech and will be of interest to researchers and students of psychology, linguistics and animal behaviour biology.

List of figures
List of tables
The development of the ability to take turns
Cooing in three-month-old infants
The development of vocal imitation
How infant-directed speech influences infant vocal development
From laughter to babbling
Earliest language development in sign language
From babbling to speaking
Summary and conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521593960
ISBN-10: 0521593964
Series: Cambridge Studies in Cognitive & Perceptual Development
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 24th November 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.61