ERIC Number: EJ448707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 1991
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Tone and Intonation in Mandarin Babytalk to Presyllabic Infants: Comparison with Registers of Adult Conversation and Foreign Language Instruction.
Papousek, Mechthild; Hwang, Shu-Fen C.
Applied Psycholinguistics, v12 n4 p481-504 Dec 1991
Native speakers recorded utterances in three role-play contexts: speech to presyllabic infants, foreign language instruction, and adult conversation. For babytalk, speakers neglected, reduced, or modified lexical tonal information in favor of simplified and clarified intonation contours. The implications regarding tone acquisition in children and a universal intuitive didactic competence in caretakers are discussed. (44 references) (JL)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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