Payne, Elinor; Post, Brechtje; Astruc, Lluïsa; Prieto, Pilar and Vanrell, Maria del Mar
Rhythmic modification in child directed speech.
Oxford University Working Papers in Linguistics, Philology & Phonetics, 12(2009),
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Interval-based rhythm metrics were applied to the speech of English, Catalan and Spanish female adults addressing their children (aged 2, 4 and 6 years) and compared with their speech when addressing adults. Results reveal that when mothers speak to their children, their speech is more vocalic and more even-timed than when they address other adults. However, cross-linguistic differences are still maintained, suggesting that indices specific to both speech style and language co-exist.
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