The science of baby talk: 'Motherese' is a universal language, study confirms

Baby talk, also known as "motherese," has been recognized in a number of languages as a universal form of communication that mothers consistently use when speaking to their child, according to new research.

The study, published in the journal Cell Biology on Thursday, found that mothers use different timbres when talking to infants.

Timbre, not to be confused with pitch, refers to the unique quality of a sound, like the difference between musical instruments or if a voice is nasal versus hoarse…

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Misha Gajewski