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Toda, Sueko; And Others – Journal of Child Language, 1990
Compared American and Japanese maternal speech to three-month-old infants. Observations showed that U.S. mothers were more information oriented than Japanese mothers, and that Japanese mothers were more affect oriented, using more nonsense, onomatopoeic sounds, baby talk, and babies' names. Differences are attributed to culture-specific…
Descriptors: Caregiver Speech, Comparative Analysis, Cultural Differences, Foreign Countries
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Morikawa, Hiromi; And Others – Journal of Child Language, 1988
Comparison of maternal speech to three-month-olds between American (N=20) and Japanese (N=20) mother-infant dyads revealed that infant gaze affected the intended functions of maternal speech differently for the two groups. Cultural differences were also seen in the nature of function-form and function-referent relationships. (Author/CB)
Descriptors: Child Language, Comparative Analysis, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences