child-directed speech


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child-di·rect·ed speech

 (chīld′dĭ-rĕk′tĭd, -dī-)
n.
Any of various speech patterns used by parents or caregivers when communicating with young children, particularly infants, usually involving simplified vocabulary, melodic pitch, repetitive questioning, and a slow or deliberate tempo.
Usage Note: Although motherese popularly describes the language patterns of mothers speaking to their infants, these patterns are not limited to them; therefore, child-language researchers often employ the term child-directed speech to include a wider range of speakers and addressees. Others use caregiver speech, which reflects a still wider range, or, less commonly, parentese.
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In addition to this facility for segmentation, the child-directed speech with intonation favors bonds between babies and family members, and introduces the newcomer into an important social circle to the babies' development.
The acquisition of early verbs in French: Assessing the role of conversation and or child-directed speech.
The results indicate that exposure to child-directed speech - as opposed to overheard speech - sharpens infants' language processing skills, with cascading benefits for vocabulary learning.
Keywords: Word segmentation, vocabulary learning, child-directed speech, isolated words.
THE AVAILABILITY OF CUES FOR WORD SEGMENTATION AND VOCABULARY ACQUISITION IN CATALAN CHILD-DIRECTED SPEECH *
By quantifying general properties of child-directed speech - for example, quantity of speech, sentence complexity, and partial repetitions - Snow compared language input available to both age groups.
1977) performed their own detailed analyses on child-directed speech, they found few correlations between caregiver speech and language development.
Unlike English and Italian child-directed speech, in Korean child-directed speech verb types outnumber noun types, and verbs are typically found in salient utterance-final position.
It was decided that data for individual mothers should be pooled together in order to obtain a large database of child-directed speech.
For example, although English-speaking pre-schoolers use few verbal passives in their spontaneous speech, children learning Sesotho -- a Bantu language where verbal passives are frequently used in adult and child-directed speech -- use these constructions frequently by the age of three (Demuth 1989, 1990).