35. How Do Babies Learn Their Mother Tongue?
The Five-Minute Linguist - Bite-sized Essays on Language and Languages Third Edition - Caroline Myrick
Lauren J. Stites [+]
Lauren J. Stites is an instructor at Georgia State University, where she obtained her Ph.D. and was a graduate fellow in the Challenges in the Acquisition of Language and Literacy Institute. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the Temple Infant and Child Lab (TICL). Her background focused on research methodology, specifically looking at parental interactions with their children. Her research has concentrated on language acquisition as well as the role of gesture in children’s later language.
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff [+]
University of Delaware
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff holds the Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Chair in the School of Education at the University of Delaware and is also a member of the Departments of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Linguistics and Cognitive Science. She directs the Child’s Play, Learning and Development Laboratory, whose goal it is to understand how children tackle the amazing feat of learning language. Having obtained her Ph.D. at Cornell University, she has written 16 books— some for lay readers like How Babies Talk, and dozens of research articles, many with her long-standing collaborator, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek. The recipient of a prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical award, Golinkoff blogs for the Huffington Post and is frequently quoted in newspapers and magazines.
Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek [+]
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Professor in the Department of Psychology at Temple University, Pennsylvania, where she serves as Director of the Temple Infant and Child Lab (TICL). She is also a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute. Her joint research projects with Golinkoff in the areas of early language development and infant cognition have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and Human Development, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the Bezos Foundation. Her work has resulted in 14 books and numerous journal publications. She has appeared on Today, 20/20, and other national television programs and is often quoted in newspapers and magazines.
At first, language is only like a melody for babies, but they enter the world prepared to learn any of the world’s nearly seven thousand languages.