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    • Join Date: Jan 2006
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    Question Child's language anlaysis

    dear teachers
    I would appreciate if you helpe me to understand;
    Why adults match their utterance to what the child has just said ? e.g if the child said Dood instate of Good;adults unconciously follow him.

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    Re: Child's language anlaysis

    It's called baby-talk, and aside from the fact that it sounds cute, or rather adults think it sounds cute, speakers use baby-talk;e.g., "dood" because they assume the child won't understand "good".

    A case in point, my niece, Danielle, who was all of two years old at the time, pronounced her name as "dough-dough". When we called her "dough-dough" she would correct us saying, "No! My name's "dough-dough!, not "dough-dough!" Of course, both her "dough-dough"s sounded the same to us, but not to her. She could hear the difference between "dough-dough" and "Danielle". She just couldn't articulate the sounds in "Danielle" yet.

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