motherese


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moth·er·ese

 (mŭth′ə-rēz′, -rēs′)
n.
Child-directed speech. See Usage Note at child-directed speech.

motherese

(ˌmʌðəˈriːz)
n
(Linguistics) the simplified and repetitive type of speech, with exaggerated intonation and rhythm, often used by adults when speaking to babies
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.motherese - an adult's imitation of the speech of a young childmotherese - an adult's imitation of the speech of a young child
non-standard speech - speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community
Translations
AmmenspracheElternsprache
References in periodicals archive ?
Pet "parents" often engage in parental behavior such as playing with them, talking to them in motherese or baby talk, referring to them as "my baby," and holding and cuddling them.
Motherese by eye and ear: Infants perceive visual prosody in point-line displays of talking heads.
When an adult use the child-directed speech, namely motherese, they overdo the intonation intuitively, use short clauses, reduce the speed rate, simplify the sentences, vary their pitch more often, and broaden the range of the prosody.
Simple and repetitive, motherese has an exaggerated melody of speech and body language that mothers often use to grab their baby's attention and teach communication (e.
We focus on two processes: activation of the mirror neuron system and neural processing of motherese.
Contingent and noncon-tingent reinforcement with maternal vocal imitation and motherese speech: Effects on infant vocalizations.
The study recommends that teachers' training about theories of learning and language liaison of the teachers of the public and private schools pleasant and appealing communicational strategies in English and motherese strategies (motherliness) on the part of the teacher for managing embarrassment can help improve the situation.
Maternal speech to infants in a tonal language: Support for universal prosodic features in motherese.
An Investigation of Motherese, Hyperspeech, and Lomabrd Speech in Jamaican Speakers.