The Science Of Baby Talk

You may have noticed that mothers often talk to their babies in certain tones of voice, and it turns out mothers all over the world talk to babies in a similar manner. A new study finds this exaggerated and somewhat musical speech plays an important role in how a baby learns speech and engages the child’s emotions. Princeton University researchers recorded mothers reading to their seven-to-twelve-month-old infants. They found mothers actually shift the timbre, or the quality of sound, in her voice so her newborn pays attention to her from birth. This finding was consistent across women who spoken ten different languages. Researchers say the finding “invited future explorations of how speakers adjust their timbre to accommodate a wide variety of audiences, such as political constituents, students and romantic partners.” (Daily Mail