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Researchers at the University of Washington and University of Connecticut studied thousands of 30-second verbal exchanges between parents and babies and found that parents who talked in a higher pitch and elongated words (parentese) had children with better language development. Learn more here. (Patricia Kuhl)

Sometimes referred to as “baby talk”, the adults don’t substitute sounds that sound more babyish: “Do you want your ‘bankie’(in place of ‘blanket’)?”  Instead, they stretch out words and exaggerate vowels: “How are youuuuuuu?” Check out this fun little video on the right from PBS to see what it sounds like.

1 7 2016

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