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50 Years Ago

Babbling to babies is OK, despite previous warnings against it

Excerpt from the January 23, 1965, issue of Science News Letter

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7:30am, January 12, 2015

TALK TO ME  Fifty years ago, a researcher advised banning baby talk, but results since then say otherwise. 

Talking baby talk makes child learn two languages — Never use baby talk to young children, a speech expert warned parents in London. Otherwise, the children will have two languages to learn instead of one. “If mothers could only realize what harm they do they would never talk down to a child,” said Mrs. Barbara Hicks, a fellow of speech and drama at the College of Music, London. “It’s just as easy to say ‘train’ as to say ‘puff-puff.’ ” 
Science News Letter, January 23, 1965

UPDATE

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