The way parents talk has a great impact on the infants’ command over the language. When the parents talk directly to the baby with a style of speech known as ‘parentese’, then it helps in developing the language of the infant. Parentese is the style of slow talking which is clear and is generally exaggerated with vowels and intonation.
A study conducted at a renowned university has shown that the parents who learn how to speak parentese and the reason behind it have a direct effect on the vocabulary of their children.
Infants in front of whom more parentese is spoken, have a greater vocabulary as a toddler, said one of the researchers.
In the recent study, the researchers have used the audio recordings of families whilst at their weekends. It was then that the parents were assigned to coach or control the groups.
The ones who are in control of the group were recorded and the ones who weren’t in the group were asked to participate in the individual parent coaching session other than just being recorded. During these sessions, the parents received tips of language interaction and they also discussed their recordings with the coaches.
The babies, whose parents received the coaching, were more verbal at the age of 14 months.
According to numerous studies, parentese is not just speaking directly to the child, but it also reverberates within the infants. This also helps the babies to tune in socially to their parents and encourages them to reply to their parents.
The head of the study said
“Most parents know that the amount of language their child hears is important. What we shared with them through coaching is that how they talk to their baby may matter even more. We explained to them the research behind parentese, and made sure they were aware of the connection between their language input, and their speaking style in particular, and their baby’s language outcomes.”