Motherese is another good example of the way adults are designed to help babies learn. Adults unconsciously produce this special type of language when they are talking to babies. Motherese captures the babies’ attention; babies seem designed to like to listen to this kind of speech. But motherese also makes the sound structure of the language particularly clear. … Just as imitation helps children learn the specific ways people act in their culture, motherese apparently helps babies learn the specific sounds of their own language.
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