Parentese language – what is this?
By the second month of life babies usually start agooing. “Agoo” sounds are the first sounds (vowels) associated with the speech development. This baby talk does not appear from nowhere by itself – it is a logical response to a special “nurse’s language” or Paerentese, which you use when speaking with your infant right from his birth.
So, the best way to talk to the infant is Parentese. It is when you use longed high-pitched vowels in short and simple sentences, and repeat them over and over again. Researches show that infants prefer Parentese to adult conversation. They will turn their heads hearing it even if it is spoken in a foreign language. Beside high-pitched sounds, infants enjoy watching the face movements when people talk to them.
People all over the world speak Parentese every nation modifying the way they speak to babies. This is because loving parents, grandparents, older siblings and other carers have a natural built-in mechanism that allows them to understand how babies can learn a language best.
– raised eyebrows and wide open eyes;
– speaking high-pitched sounds but very melodic intonations;
– speaking in a sing-song manner;
– elongation of consonants and vowels;
– exaggerated facial expression;
– using short, simple sentences.
It’s important that you can relax and speak Parentese that mostly comes naturally for the baby. Parentese attracts baby’s attention and helps her understand the language and learn to speak. A short “my little sweet baby” becomes a musical and bright “my liiittlesweeeetbabeeee”. Your should be close to the baby for her to watch your face movements – sparkling eyes wide open and lips moving.
Parentese differs from baby talk
Babytalk is a set of sounds and nonsense talk. Parentese uses real words in short and simple sentences, often repeated over and over again. We’ve all said it, probably many times times, “Whooo’s a sweeeetbaaaabeee? Are you a sweeeetbabeeee? Yes, you’re a sweeeet, sweeeet baby”. Repetition of longed sounds helps babies figure out words, and simple, repeated sentences can help them with grammar. However there isn’t a clear difference as babytalk and Parentese are often used together and parents often say: “Howwa! Want some wawa? Time for beddy bye.”
Parentese is not taught anywhere. People start speaking Parentese intuitively when they talk to a baby. Even siblings of a pre-school age talk to a baby in this manner.