Drawing on cutting edge developments in biology, neurology, pschology and linguistics, Yang takes us inside the astonishingly complex but largely unconscious process by which children learn to talk and to understand the spoken word. Yang also illuminates the mysteries of language: why baby talk makes perfect sense, why babies born deaf still babble-but with their hands, why French babies already prefer the sound of French to English, and why one of the brain's earliest achievements may in fact be its most complex.
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