Say yes to 'parentese'!
Baby talk by parents said to increase vocabulary in babies.
show that babies who hear baby talk more often learn to speak faster than
babies whose parents speak to them normally.
what you say; it’s how you say it
to the Daily Mail, experts claim the more words babies hear, the faster their
vocabulary will grow, but new findings have shown that it’s not so much the
amount of words the baby hears but the style in which they are hearing the
University of Washington and the University of Connecticut, researchers
examined thousands of 30-second snippets of conversations between parents and
researchers compared parents’ use of ordinary speech to parents’ animated baby
talk and whether speech occurred only between parent and child or in a group
setup. Baby talk happened to be more effective when parents spoke to babies
individually compared to parents and babies having conversations in a group
A doctor at
the University of Washington’s Institute of Learning and Brain Science said
that their analysis shows that the occurrence of baby talk between one-on-one
conversations with children results in better language development.
children of parents who exaggerated vowels and changed the pitch of their voice
every now and then babbled more and that is a clear indication of word
did a study on 20+ one-year-old babies who wore vests with recorders attached
to them and monitored their surrounding sounds for eight hours a day for four
examined this recorded speech with language computer software and identified
who spoke, how many people were in the surroundings and whether baby talk was
used as well as other variables.
later when the babies were two-years-old their parents filled out
questionnaires to calculate exactly how many words their children knew and the
result was the babies who had heard more baby talk knew more words.
findings from the research are of particular interest to those parents who
insist that using correct vocabulary and sentence structure is better for the
development of speech in babies.
prefer formal speech or baby talk with your child?