Speaking ‘Baby Talk’ To Infants Could Help Them Learn To Make Words
[Source: Science Daily]
A new study suggests that when parents baby talk to their infants, they might be helping them learn to produce speech.
The way we instinctively speak to babies — higher pitch, slower speed, exaggerated pronunciation — not only appeals to them, but likely helps them learn to understand what we’re saying. New research from the University of Florida suggests that baby talk can have another, previously unknown benefit: helping babies learn to produce their own speech. By mimicking the sound of a smaller vocal tract, the researchers think, we’re cluing babies in to how the words should sound coming out of their own mouths.
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