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Discussion Questions 4

Discussion Questions 4 - Bryan Mattfeld PID 905412174...

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Bryan Mattfeld PID: 905412174 September 23 rd , 2009 1. It is suggested that infants prefer infant-directed speech due to its increased emphasis on emotion. IDS generally contains more pronounced enunciation as well and is consistently interpreted as more positive. This, in combination with the methods in which IDS is presented to an infant (higher frequency, more caring tone), creates a logical reason for heightened infant response. IDS is rich in frequency and emotional cues which appeal to younger children. Also, when listened to by adults, they consistently interpreted IDS as happy or positive speech. This alone could account for the infant preference, as IDS appears to be universally less confrontational and more comforting. 2. As an infant grows, a mother’s speech patterns alter to compliment the increased infant development. A young infant is generally addressed with an extremely caring and comforting tone. The mother makes a conciensious effort to emphasize positive emotion and convey affection. This can be connected to the fragile state
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