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Child Directed Speech

  • Definition: Speech used by parents or caregivers when communicating with young children or infants. In many Western societies, child-directed speech is slow and high-pitched and has many repetitions, simplified syntax, exaggerated intonation, and a simple and concrete vocabulary.

    Source: Language Files, eleventh edition, edited by Vedrana Mihalicek and Christin Wilson

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