Motherese Speech Language

832 Words4 Pages
Introduction Throughout their early years of life, human beings are introduced to numerous things such as motherese. The concept of motherese further supports that human speech possesses certain characteristics that distinguish it from all of the other species on Earth. Whether adults realize it or not, they speak differently to children than to adults. When speaking to another adult, communication is more fast and fluid whereas with a child everything is pronounced more slowly, high pitched, and with a rhythmic intonation. Even if someone speaks in another language, the elements of motherese remain the same and is easily able to gather a child’s attention (Dick, 2014). According to previous studies performed by numerous speech language pathologists,…show more content…
Throughout the review of Levi’s conducted study, she presented the concept of motherese along with some of the characteristics of Hockett’s ‘Origin of Speech’. As explained by Hulit, Fahey, and Howard (2015), Hockett’s ‘Origin of Speech’ concerns with characteristics that distinguish human speech from the other species. Before the study was conducted, the children’s skills derived from indexicality and interchangeability. A child presents indexicality by using the context provided along with experiences in exchange for interpretation, production, and reception of new words (Hulit, Fahey, & Howard, 2015). Interchangeability relates to the child being able to repeat anything another human being says. Indexicality and interchangeability are some of the innate properties humans have in order to be able to communicate with others. While the study presented some of the characteristics of motherese, such as the high pitched sounds most cartoons produce, the children presented phonological awareness by being able to focus on the sound structure of the language produced by the speakers (Hulit, Fahey, & Howard,…show more content…
Despite having prepped for five days prior with some of their recorded voices, I assumed that some of the children would not be able to distinguish their voices let alone be able to recognize what word the person is saying if their dialect/accent is strong. One of the questions that arose while reading the article was how long did the children listen to the recorded voices each day. The last statement of the article puzzled me a bit where it says that familiarity was not useful for new words. I would have assumed that it could have been useful for the child to engage in fast mapping where they would be able to learn new words despite the limited amount of

    More about Motherese Speech Language

      Open Document