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Monday, April 26, 2021

BABIES PREFER BABY TALK

from Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychologal Science

Some people believe adults should talk normally to babies—that is, not engage in baby talk. Research has already shown babies learning a single language pay attention longer to the exaggerated sounds of infant-directed speech. Now researchers at UCLA found babies who were exposed to two languages had greater interest in baby talk from an adult rather than adult speech. Which language didn’t appear to make much difference, since the study covered four continents. The article in Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, offers this assurance—parents can babble to their babies in one language or two and rest easy knowing they won’t cause any confusion.

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