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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

Tags:
Motherese;
Acquisition;
Youth;
caregiving;
Education

"Father knows best:" Movie ciips

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A cut of clips from many movies portraying fathers giving advice.

Posted on October 2, 2012

Tags:
caregiving;
Masculinity

Changing the language of fatherhood

This 2009 blog post on the NYTimes blog Motherlode addresses terms and other linguistic manifestations of a gender imbalance for fathers who participate actively in caregiving.

Posted on October 2, 2012

Tags:
caregiving;
Gender Binary;
Masculinity

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