Infants exposed to baby talks quicker at grasping language
The findings suggest some types of baby talk words - more than other words - can help infants develop their vocabulary more quickly.
Infants who are exposed to more 'baby talk' words are quicker at grasping the language, a study has found.
Linguists at the University of Edinburgh in the UK recorded samples of speech addressed to 47 infants learning English.
As well as analyzing so-called diminutives ending in 'y' and reduplication - which contains repeated syllables - they checked for onomatopoeic words that sound like their meaning, such as woof and splash.
"Our findings suggest that diminutives and reduplication, which are frequently found in baby talk words - across many different languages - can facilitate the early stage of vocabulary development," said Mitsuhiko Ota, of the University of Edinburgh.
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