by Hans Johnson
For those expecting to fast-track their infant’s road to pre-K by refraining from baby talk, you may as well give up that idea. A recent study by McGill University has confirmed what most of us already knew. When it comes to your (or any adult’s) normal voice – well, they’re just not that into it. The senior author of the study Professor Linda Polka noted:
As adults, we use language to communicate. But when a young infant starts to make speech sounds, it often has more to do with exploring than with communicating… in fact babies typically vocalize when they are alone, without any interaction or eye contact with others. That’s because to learn how to speak babies need to spend lots of time moving their mouths and vocal cords to understand the kind of sounds they can make themselves. They need, quite literally, to “find their own voice.”
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