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Moms tweak the timbre of their voice when talking to their babies

ScienceNews - Wed 18 Oct 17

Mothers shift the timbre, or quality, of their voice when talking to their babies, a change that happens in many different languages.

Motherese Is a Truly Universal Language

Discover Magazine - Thu 12 Oct 17

Hang around any mom with a young child and eventually she'll break out her baby voice. You know the one — the pitch of her voice goes up, her words are simple and exaggerated. It’s sometimes ...

Study finds new feature of 'baby talk' in any language

Phys.org - Thu 12 Oct 17

Around the world, mothers speak differently to their children than they do to other adults—and Princeton researchers have found a new way to quantify that vocal shift.

Uncovering the sound of ‘motherese,’ baby talk across languages, Science Blog - Thu 12 Oct 17

Princeton researchers found that the vocal profile of baby-directed speech is different than adult-directed speech, suggesting a universal language of “motherese.”

Discovery News - Mon 16 Oct 17

Credit: Jerome Tisne via Getty ImagesListening to baby talk can be annoying for adults, but it plays an important role in learning and understanding language structure for infants. ...

The science of baby talk

Daily Mail - Thu 12 Oct 17

Researchers at Princeton University found that mothers use a different timbre when addressing their newborns. They do this so that their babies learn to recognize their mothers from birth. ...

Baby talk in any language: Shifting the timbre of our voices

ScienceDaily - Thu 12 Oct 17

When talking with their young infants, parents instinctively use 'baby talk,' a unique form of speech including exaggerated pitch contours and short, repetitive phrases. Now, researchers have ...