from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Child-directed speech. See Usage Note at child-directed speech.
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- n. baby talk
"If the 'alert time' is spent in front of baby DVDs and videos instead of with people speaking in 'parentese' ... the babies are not getting the same linguistic experience."
Chapter excerpt: Eight Baby Read-Aloud Basics the last item in the excerpt, "parentese," is discussed for three and a half additional pages in the print version.
If the ‘alert time’ is spent in front of DVDs and TV instead of with people speaking in ‘parentese’ — that melodic speech we use with little ones — the babies are not getting the same linguistic experience, said Meltzoff, who is the Job and Gertrud Tamaki endowed chair in psychology at the UW.
A parent’s voice in the Sing & Do Technique is essentially that slow and melodic speaking voice that experts refer to as “parentese.”