The Reading / Listening - Baby Talk - Level 1

A study said mothers across the world speak to babies in the same way. Researchers from Princeton University said "motherese" is a world language. The cute noises and coochy-coos mothers say to babies are very complex. They are a special form of communication. Motherese helps babies develop their language. A researcher said baby talk is more important than we thought. She said: "It is not something to be embarrassed about at all."



The researchers recorded 24 different mothers. They spoke 10 different languages. Their babies were between seven months and one year. The researchers said they recorded mothers playing with and reading to their babies, just like they do at home. Mothers change the quality of their voices when they speak to their babies, in any language. The study didn't look at fathers' talk, but fathers probably speak to their babies in a similar way across the world.

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Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/12/coochy-coo-why-baby-talk-is-more-sophisticated-than-you-might-think
  • https://www.news-medical.net/news/20171013/Timbre-shifting-is-a-new-attribute-of-e2809cbaby-talke2809d-found-in-all-languages-study-reveals.aspx
  • http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/the-science-of-baby-talk-motherese-is-a-universal-language-study-confirms-1.3631028


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. mothers
  2. "motherese" is
  3. cute noises and
  4. babies are very
  5. a special form
  6. helps babies develop
  7. more important than
  8. not something to be
  1. complex
  2. their language
  3. embarrassed about
  4. a world language
  5. coochy-coos
  6. we thought
  7. across the world
  8. of communication

Paragraph 2

  1. They spoke 10
  2. they recorded
  3. reading
  4. just like they
  5. change the quality
  6. speak to their babies,
  7. The study didn't look at
  8. in a similar
  1. fathers' talk
  2. do at home
  3. way
  4. different languages
  5. to their babies
  6. of their voices
  7. in any language
  8. mothers

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A study said mothers (1) ___________________ speak to babies in (2) ___________________. Researchers from Princeton University said "motherese" is (3) ___________________. The cute noises and coochy-coos mothers say to babies are very complex. They are (4) ___________________ of communication. Motherese helps babies develop their language. A researcher said baby talk is more important (5) ___________________. She said: "It is not something to be embarrassed (6) ___________________."

The researchers recorded 24 different mothers. (7) ___________________ different languages. Their babies were between (8) ___________________ one year. The researchers said they recorded mothers playing (9) ___________________ to their babies, just like they do at home. Mothers change the quality (10) ___________________ when they speak to their babies, in any language. The (11) ___________________ at fathers' talk, but fathers probably speak to their babies in (12) ___________________ across the world.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Astudysaidmothersacrosstheworldspeaktobabiesinthesameway.Re
searchersfromPrincetonUniversitysaid"motherese"isaworldlanguag
e.Thecutenoisesandcoochy-coosmotherssaytobabiesareverycom
plex.Theyareaspecialformofcommunication.Motheresehelpsbabies
developtheirlanguage.Aresearchersaidbabytalkismoreimportantth
anwethought.Shesaid:"Itisnotsomethingtobeembarrassedaboutat
all."Theresearchersrecorded24differentmothers.Theyspoke10differ
entlanguages.Theirbabieswerebetweensevenmonthsandoneyear.T
heresearcherssaidtheyrecordedmothersplayingwithandreadingtoth
eirbabies,justliketheydoathome.Motherschangethequalityoftheirvo
iceswhentheyspeaktotheirbabies,inanylanguage.Thestudydidn'tloo
katfathers'talk,butfathersprobablyspeaktotheirbabiesinasimilarwa
yacrosstheworld.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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