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  • Dec 01, 2011
  • 01:16 PM

A word in your ear: Motherese and baby language (audio)

Emma Sykes / ABC Local
Why do we become besotted when faced with little children and animals? Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex says it's called Motherese or refered to as baby language, and it crosses cultures and languages. "My wife is Polish, and when my son was born she started doing it to him, [in Polish] so I listened to her, and one of my students is Burmese so I investigated the way she said she talked to her children.

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