ERIC Number: ED116813
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Is Talking to Baby More Than Baby Talk? A Longitudinal Study of the Modification of Linguistic Input to Young Children.
The significance of three mothers' speech for their infants' language development is considered in a continuing longitudinal study. The study began when the children (two females and one male) were 5 and 6 months of age and will continue until the subjects are 3 years old. In the speech data reported the children were from 6 to 18 months of age. During individual one-hour taping sessions every 3 or 4 weeks, the mother and experimenter talk for about 15 minutes. During the rest of the hour, mothers play and talk naturally with their children. Children's speech appears to correspond to mothers' speech, in terms of complexity of imitated responses and speech patterns. In addition, data show that mothers modify their speech on the basis of linguistic cues from their children. (BRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA.
Note: Portions of this paper were presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Denver, Colorado, April 10-13, 1975)