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Query Details


Query Subject:   query: prosody and infant directed speech
Author:   Fay Wouk
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Anne Fernald, in 'Human maternal vocalizations to infants as
biologically relevant signals: An evolutionary perspective. In
Language Acquisition: : Core Readings, Paul Bloom (ed.). 1996
Cambridge MA: MIT Press. Reprinted from Barkow et al, 1992, The
Adapted Mind: Evolutionary psychology and the generation of culture.
Oxford: Oxford University Press. suggests some universals in terms of
prosodic patterns in speech directed to infants. I was wondering if
anyone knows of any further work done in this area, and in particular,
if there has been any investigation of this in some of the cultures
(like Samoan, Quiche Mayan or working class African-Americans) where
it has been claimed that little or no speech is directed at infants.

thanks,
Fay


Fay Wouk
Senior Lecturer in Linguistics
Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland
New Zealand
f.wouk@auckland.ac.nz




LL Issue: 14.2026
Date posted: 29-Jul-2003



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