Motherese

There's A Huge Market Around 'Baby Sign Language,' But Little Research On Its Effectiveness

This article describes a growing method of "baby sign language", where parents teach their babies signs for simple phrases. It also includes the quoted advice, "Engage in conversations with your baby. Even though your baby can't speak, you communicate as if your baby is able to do that and you interpret her looks and her gestures". I think this relates to our discussion of how being accommodating to the baby is a critical part of "Baby Talk" / "Motherese".

Posted by Sebastian Hogness on May 2, 2019

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Motherese

Baby Talk

This is an article that talks about how “baby talk” is the best way for infants to acquire language skills. It discusses the argument that talking to infants like that may be condescending; however, studies have shown that it is an excellent way for them to learn their language. It also discusses how babies are ready to learn language in the last trimester when their ears are fully developed. They are already listening to their mother and the sounds around them. The use of repetition and slower speech is helpful with infants in learning language patterns. [Published on 12-06-2016]

Posted by Stephanie Maxwell on February 27, 2017

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Motherese;
Acquisition;
Youth;
caregiving;
Education

The office: Andy talks baby talk.

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Clip from the show The Office. The greatest character of all time, Michael Scott, confronts Andy about his baby talk around the office. Andy confronts Michael about his Elvis impersonation.

Posted by Haley Mahon on July 28, 2016

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Performativity;
Code-switching;
Motherese;
Style-shifting;
Youth

"Dads should cut out the baby talk to improve their child's language skills, study says"

While the writer at this cite wildly overinterprets the results of the study, this is an interesting look at use of child directed speech that found significantly lower pitch and pitch variation when fathers from "traditional two-parent families" spoke to their preschoolers than when mothers did. The academic poster can be found here: http://www.vandammark.com/docs2/VanDamEtal_2015_FathersF0_ASA.pdf [Published on 05-20-2015]

Posted by Jasmine Huang on September 10, 2015

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Motherese;
Gender

Motherese

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An Australian instructional video providing examples of motherese as well as a rational for why this register aids in child development.

Posted on September 25, 2012

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Gender;
Motherese;
caregiving