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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Infant communication has always been fascinating. Their actions, gestures, and ways to communicate have made observers around them curious. In The Interpretation of Infant Communication by Michael Barclay, the author tries to interpret the gestures, actions, and speech of infants. The author draws descriptions after observing his infant daughter and the baby's interactions with her family members. Through the book, readers get to know how the author's infant daughter enters into the domain of language and communicating. The book takes readers through the topic methodically, giving them a clearer idea about infant communication. The author's observations of his infant daughter trying to communicate have been diarized in an account of development and language acquisition.
I found the book very interesting as it speaks about communication. The author handles the topic methodically and extensively, making it engaging to readers who are curious to know more about infants and their way of communicating with others. The book not only discusses the actual communicative behavior of infants, but also literature about the discourse surrounding the behavior. The author also speaks about the hermeneutic study of literature and about the incipient epistemology of 'language acquisition' theory through the book. The author handles an important topic very engagingly and gives an in-depth account about the basics of infant communication and how to interpret and understand their actions, gestures, and speech, making readers become more aware of infants and the way they communicate with others.