I COMPLETELY agree. Child directed speech is definitely about speaking a level above what the child is at, and not a level below. It is about recognising their natural gap between Expressive Communication and Receptive Communication, and aiming to communicate with them on a level of their Receptive Communication, and not below where their Expressive communication is currently at. Some children have a huge gap between receptive & expressive communication, and some have a relatively smaller gap. This is related to the child's Zone of Proximal Development... but I am digressing (sorry, I get way too passionate about language acquisition!) The point is... I agree with you! It drives me nuts when someone says to a four year old, 'Ta for a dwinkie winkie?'
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05-06-2012 22:35 #41
05-06-2012 23:00 #42
I learnt it as a different term, yes it's all about reinforcing what the child is saying and extending to the next level as they get older.
My first post was mainly in regard to people that will use the language the child is using and reinforce it so the child doesn't learn the correct words etc
Uni focused a lot language through literacy developing towards the end
05-06-2012 23:02 #43
05-06-2012 23:06 #44
For some reason, I've never spoken in baby talk to DD. I've always talked to her like she's much older, never using baby words for anything, and having more mature discussions with her while we're out walking.
I don't have much patience for baby talk, it's annoying and just delays their development of appropriate speech patterns.
05-06-2012 23:10 #45
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Same here Nemmi.
My just turned 2yo can hold a detailed conversation with a stranger in 2 languages (shes not fluent in the third yet, but family can understand her) and be understood. Ive never baby talked to her, but Ive always responded to her communication, and used all three languages around her (though English is her strongest)
Shes just started making up nicknames for people; she is 'wriggleguts' and daddy is 'smelly bum' Its very cute (though not in the shops when she yells "smelly bum!!!")
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06-06-2012 06:05 #47
Dr Seuss was ahead of his time.
06-06-2012 08:59 #48
my df gets pronouns muddled too, English is his third language and you wouldn't know it until he starts just dropping pronouns out of sentences altogether. (hence why some times I repeat back to him the sentence correctly without thinking... like he says "have a shower" "you're having a shower?" "yeah that's what I just said" lol )
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06-06-2012 09:03 #49
and I was thinking about this thread while I "aahh boo aahh boo... ah wah wah wah..ah wah wah"ed at katelyn... I think I am speaking to her one step above her current language skill.
I got so excited when she said "bler" because previously she's only made g & c sounds. but it was a definite b. I actually was so proud I told my mum.
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06-06-2012 09:09 #50
Thank you Regina, lots of people don't seem to understand the importance if age appropriate language and it bugs me when people say things like 'oh I never did baby talk' as it's actually really important! It's important to use normal language too, but language is like building blocks, you need to start with the basics. Do people start off reading Tolstoy to their babies? Well, maybe, but that doesn't mean you don't also read board books.
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