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Perception of motherese in Japanese sign language by 6-month-old hearing infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9541776     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
N. Masataka (1996) reported results of an experiment in which 6-month-old deaf infants were presented with videotapes that showed 5 identical scripts signed in Japanese Sign Language by 5 deaf mothers toward their deaf infants or toward their deaf friends. The experiment demonstrated that infants showed greater attentional and affective responsiveness to infant-directed signing than to adult-directed signing. The present study explored the possibility that this same phenomenon might extend to hearing infants who have never been exposed to signed language. When the same stimulus tape as used previously was presented to 45 six-month-old hearing infants, they too showed greater attentional and affective responsiveness to infant-directed sign than to adult-directed sign. This fact suggests that infants are prepared to detect sign motherese characteristics without specific experience in the modality.
N Masataka
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental psychology     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0012-1649     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Psychol     Publication Date:  1998 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-05-15     Completed Date:  1998-05-15     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260564     Medline TA:  Dev Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  241-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Kyoto University, Primate Research Institute, Aichi, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Infant Behavior
Mother-Child Relations*
Sign Language*

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