Utterances in infant-directed speech are shorter, not slower.

Abstract

It has become a truism in the literature on infant-directed speech (IDS) that IDS is pronounced more slowly than adult-directed speech (ADS). Using recordings of 22 Japanese mothers speaking to their infant and to an adult, we show that although IDS has an overall lower mean speech rate than ADS, this is not the result of an across-the-board slowing in… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2016.07.015

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