Growing Up With Language
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Baron, N. S. (1992). Growing up with language. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.
Kent State University
This book by Naomi Baron does an excellent job of explaining how children
acquire language and the stages of language acquisition, as well as many of the common
language characteristics all children go through. Although she focuses on young children
in this book, many of her observations could probably be applied to older children who
are also trying to learn a spoken (or, in some ways, signed) language. The different
stages of language development are clearly explained, as are the characteristics of each
stage. Clear, concise examples are given for each stage and, also, all characteristics.
In order to help clarify the stages and characteristics described, Ms. Baron has
invented fictional children to make her explanations easier to see and understand. These
three children also help illustrate that not all children go through the same stages or
exhibit the same characteristics at the same age. These generalizations help make the
book easier to understand and, I think, make it a fairly valuable and useful book to have
on hand as a reference.
- All children, regardless of hearing, develop language in the same manner
by going through the same stages, although at different rates and
sometimes in different modes of communication.
- The characteristics of children's language are universal (all children
babble, use telegraphic sentences, try to figure out adult language, etc.).
- Children normally learn most of what they need to know about language
by 5 or 6 years of age. (This does not occur if the child is not exposed to
language or may occur slower in severely handicapped children.)
Uploaded by: Jessica Soltesz, Kent State University, Deaf Education Major