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Signature tunes in mothers' speech to infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17449103     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of the present investigation was to determine whether mothers use discernible tunes (i.e., specific interval sequences) in their speech to infants and whether such tunes are individually distinctive. Mothers were recorded speaking with their infants on two occasions separated by 1 week or more. Examination of the tunes of each mother revealed discernible tunes and frequent repetitions of tunes within and across sessions. Comparisons of utterances with the most common pitch contour (i.e., rising), both within and across mothers, revealed interval patterns that were individually distinctive, or unique. The findings confirm the prominence of tunes and the presence of signature tunes in maternal speech to infants.
Tonya R Bergeson; Sandra E Trehub
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-04-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Infant behavior & development     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1934-8800     ISO Abbreviation:  Infant Behav Dev     Publication Date:  2007 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-22     Completed Date:  2007-11-27     Revised Date:  2008-03-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806016     Medline TA:  Infant Behav Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  648-54     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Toronto, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Mother-Child Relations*
Pitch Perception*
Verbal Behavior*

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