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It's Been Said Before

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: The Onset of Language
Written By: Nobuo Masataka
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Cognitive and Perceptual Development, 9

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.

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Cognitive Science
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521593964
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 293
Prices: U.S. $ 70.00
U.K. £ 47.50