Mitsuhiko Ota discusses the role of baby-talk words in language development

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Period31 Dec 2013

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  • TitleWord of Mouth: Baby Talk
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletBBC Radio 4
    Media typeRadio
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionMichael Rosen looks at language and communication. This week we're talking baby talk, or 'Infant Directed Speech'. He asks if the cooing parentese is a natural phenomenon or is it simply a culturally learnt trait. Does it benefit or hinder language development, and do animals use it? Michael also discovers some interesting examples of baby talk in letters that Jonathan Swift wrote to two lady friends.
    PersonsMitsuhiko Ota