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Why baby talk is good
Sunday Tasmanian, Hobart  06 Nov 2016
Body and Soul - page 2 - 71 words - ID 682383921 - Photo: No - Type: News Item - Size: 52.00cm2

GIFT OF THE GAB Talking to bundles of joy in high-pitched, excitable voices makes us sound silly but we're doing those bundles a favour.

The sing-song sounds of baby talk typically include short sentences, simple words and repetition, plus an exaggeration of vowels and consonants.

That's the key, Professor Denis Burnham from Western Sydney University, says. Exaggerated vowels help babies spot speech sounds more easily and "children acquire larger vocabularies".

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