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Articulatory exaggerations during infant directed speech.
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PMID:  18529629     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Although a growing body of literature suggests a principal role for observational learning in the acquisition of speech, the facial movements of infant directed speech (IDS) have rarely been studied. Identifying both the auditory and visual features of IDS is an essential step toward understanding the contribution of environmental stimulation to the development of speech and language. The current project uses three-dimensional motion capture technology to describe how parents modify their articulatory movements when communicating with their infants. The following three experimental questions will be addressed: (1) Do parents exaggerate articulatory gestures during IDS?; (2) If so, are there individual differences among parents in the degree of IDS?; and (3) Is there a strong association between acoustic and movement characteristics of IDS? Mouth movements were recorded from twenty-four mothers while speaking to their infants and to an unfamiliar adult. Mouth shapes during four target vowels were measured for differences in maximum vertical separation, maximum horizontal spread, and duration across speaking conditions. The result indicated that the majority of mothers exaggerated their lip movements when speaking to their infants. Speculation is made regarding the potential role of articulatory exaggerations in early speech learning.
Jordan R Green; Ignatius Nip; Erin Wilson; Antje Mefferd
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America     Volume:  123     ISSN:  1520-8524     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Acoust. Soc. Am.     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503051     Medline TA:  J Acoust Soc Am     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3077     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Nebraska, 318O Barkley Center, Lincoln, NE 68583-0738, USA,
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