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Mothers change voice quality when talking to babies

Mothers change voice quality when talking to babies
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While speaking to their babies, mothers tend to shift the timbre of their voice in a rather specific way, which could play an important role in...

New York : While speaking to their babies, mothers tend to shift the timbre of their voice in a rather specific way, which could play an important role in baby's language learning as well as engaging their emotion, researchers say.

The special communicative mode, which mothers use when talking to their young infants, are known as "motherese" or "baby talk" -- somewhat musical form of speech which includes exaggerated pitch contours and short repetitive phrases.

The findings showed that the tone of this baby talk is timbre -- unique quality of a sound -- usually used to distinguish people, animals, and instruments and is the same across different languages.

According to the researchers, the unique timbre tone could help babies learn to differentiate and direct their attention to their mother's voice from the time they are born.

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