Subject: Babytalk
From: Mark Levinson <mark -at- SD -dot- CO -dot- IL>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 1994 10:47:43 IST

in most cultures this "helper speech" (aka
babytalk) phenomenon occurs, and however "set" our language ability is by
the time people stop doing it around us, we seem to recover pretty well.

** I thought the idea was that by distorting the pitch and various other
characteristics of the language, the babytalkers help the baby to
form the correct underlying generalization of what the language is,
and prepare the baby to understand the many variations that will present
themselves later in the outside world.

||- Mark L. Levinson, mark -at- sd -dot- co -dot- il -- Box 5780, 46157 Herzlia, Israel -||
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