ERIC Number: ED364337
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
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Children's Use of Babytalk in Response to Target Facial Maturity.
Horton, April; And Others
This study examined children's speech to other children who varied in facial maturity. Subjects were 20 children, aged 48 to 68 months, who were randomly assigned to see drawings of either a "babyfaced" or "maturefaced" child. Subjects were shown the picture and told that the child in the picture was 3 years old; subjects were then instructed to tell the child in the picture how to make a sandwich. All directions given by the subject were tape-recorded and analyzed for several measures, including the number of nouns and the amount of "baby talk" used. Results indicated that the younger children in the subject group used more baby talk and more nouns when talking to babyfaced children than when talking to maturefaced children. Contrary to findings of previous studies, noun use was not negatively related to verb use, and noun use was more prevalent in speech to babyfaced than maturefaced target children. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Baby Talk; Directive Speech; Facial Features
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (39th, Atlanta, GA, March 24-27, 1993).