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Caretaker Talk
(2,897 words)

1. Definition

The term ‘caretaker talk’ is used in the areas of developmental psycholinguistics and first language acquisition to describe the language adults use to address young children, and sometimes that of an older to a younger child. It is a register distinct from adult-adult speech (Snow 1986) and describes the modifications found in adult-child speech. It is also known as ‘child directed speech’ and as ‘caregiver’ or ‘caretaker language’. Some researchers have used ‘ motherese’ to refer to th…

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Khawla Aljenaie, “Caretaker Talk”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 20 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0050>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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