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How does the sing-song rhythm of 'baby talk' help babies learn? - Tiny Happy People (BBC)

Lots of people automatically speak to babies with a 'baby voice', using a sing-song rhythm and silly sounding words like 'bunny' and 'doggy'. But how does this affect the way babies learn language?

Researchers at the University of Cambridge are investigating the effects of ‘baby talk’ on babies' brains. They’ve found that the rhythm we use when we speak to babies is important to language learning, and that baby talk emphasises a rhythm that really helps children to learn words quickly.

We caught up with Professor Usha Goswami, who is leading on the project, to find out more.