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new study has found that mothers all over the world speak to their babies in same way. research is from Baby Lab at Princeton University in USA. The researchers who did the study said "motherese" is universal language. They said baby talk is not just lots of cute noises and coochy-coos. The words and sounds that mothers say to their babies are quite complex. They form special form of communication that mothers use in same way across the world. These sounds are very important in helping language development in infants. Dr Elise Piazza, co-author of research, said baby talk is lot more important than we thought. She said: "It is not something to be embarrassed about at all."

researchers recorded 24 different mothers talking to their babies. babies were aged between seven months and one year. mothers spoke to their children in 10 different native languages, including English, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian and Hebrew. Dr Piazza said: "We basically brought mothers into lab and had them play with and read to their own babies, just like they would at home." She added: "We found that mothers [change ] basic quality of their voices when speaking to infants, and they do so in [very similar] way across many diverse languages." study didn’t look at fathers' talk, but Piazza said that it is likely fathers would also speak in similar way across world.

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