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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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.
In response to Chomsky's remarks concerning child-directed speech, and the resulting theoretical impetus towards nativist explanations of language acquisition, several researchers sought evidence that language input to children is highly structured and possibly quite informative for the learner (e.g., Remick, 1971; Snow, 1972; Broen, 1973; Phillips, 1973).
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.
This paper reviews the literature on the similarities and differences in child-directed speech (CDS) employed by fathers and mothers.
In the child-directed speech only about one-quarter of the ditransitive applicative constructions were found to include both objects; none of these had both arguments overt as postverbal noun phrases.
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).