ERIC Number: ED072863
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Maternal Speech to Children During Language Acquisition.
Any theory of language acquisition must take into account the actual speech heard by children during the acquisition period. When 8 well-educated mothers were tape-recorded talking to their daughters, ages 16 to 30 months, it was found that their speech differed significantly from that spoken to another adult. The mothers used a more restricted vocabulary to their daughters, used pronouns differentially, spoke in distinct clausal units similar to written sentences, spoke in a higher median fundamental frequency, restricted their verb tense usage and talked mostly about the child. The speech to the children appeared to be a simpler, more grammatically "correct" version of English than that spoken to adults. (Author)
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Note: Paper is based on a doctoral dissertation submitted to the University of California, Davis, Calif.