Sumary of Parents all over the world speak to their children with similar speeches:
- Yet those amiable little speeches with a shrill and shrill voice, rich in verses, onomatopoeias and giggles, serve to warm and soothe the little ones.
- But Mehr says he is convinced that this research lays a solid foundation for the field of developmental psychology with its collection of data from parents in different languages, cultures and continents.
- “I think there is a rather intuitive role that parents and other adults play with children, which is to communicate important information to help them survive, to help them feel good,” explained Mehr.
- The study, published in Nature Human Behavior, found that each group communicates with their young in ways similar to those of others in the rest of the world.
- It is as if we had developed a sort of frank language towards infants and young children, united more by phonetic characteristics than by meanings and contents.
- “And I think the vocalizations we provide to children can signal a lot of this information, like: I’m here, I’m taking care of you, I’m paying attention to what you need and so on.” For the expert, who is also linked to some well-established neurolinguistic schools, the study suggests that all children start from scratch when they learn their first language.
- The effect on children of vocal pitch change and manipulation of vowel sounds will be the subject of future study.