Everyone seems to use baby talk on babies. And linguists think it helps them learn language.

But a new study says dads don’t do it as much. Does it matter? And what kind of input helps children learn?

Linguist Daniel Midgley takes some quality time on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Promo with Em Burrows


Show notes

This 7-week-old baby is not saying “hello”
http://karenstollznow.com/this-7-week-old-baby-is-not-saying-hello/

No one should ever say ‘said no one ever’
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/14/no-one-should-ever-say-said-no-one-ever

Eduard Khil – Official Trolololo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32UGD0fV45g

Lists of memes
http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2012/06/the-100-greatest-internet-memes-of-all-time/
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/catchphrases
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Internet_phenomena

Chinese fans left ‘close to tears’ by clumsy Avengers: Age of Ultron subtitles
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/may/14/chinese-fans-left-close-to-tears-by-clumsy-avengers-age-of-ultron-subtitles

Avengers: Age of Ultron gets hysterical Chinese translations, moves filmgoers to tears
http://www.digitaltrends.com/movies/avengers-chinese-translations/

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Subtitles Leave Chinese Baffled
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/age-ultron-subtitles-baffle-chinese-795308

Avengers: Age of Ultron Has Some Confusing Chinese Translations
https://nerdist.com/avengers-age-of-ultron-has-some-confusing-chinese-translations/

Quora: What is the funniest translation you have ever heard or read?
http://www.quora.com/What-is-the-funniest-translation-you-have-ever-heard-or-read

“I don’t understand French. All the previous subtitles were made up and I’m not making up any more…”
http://www.quora.com/What-is-the-funniest-translation-you-have-ever-heard-or-read/answer/Xiao-Chen-32

Dads should cut out the baby talk to improve their child’s language skills, study stays
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/dads-should-cut-out-the-baby-talk-to-improve-their-childs-language-skills-study-stays-10262127.html

Modern dads may do diapers but not baby talk, WSU study finds
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/science/modern-dads-may-do-diapers-but-not-baby-talk-study-finds/

Child-Directed Speech of Fathers
http://www.linguisticsociety.org/abstract/child-directed-speech-fathers

Quality of Words, Not Quantity, Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Finds
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/17/us/quality-of-words-not-quantity-is-crucial-to-language-skills-study-finds.html?_r=1

Slide presentation by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek (PDF)
https://www.relmidatlantic.org/sites/default/files/general_uploads/How%20High%20Quality%20Language%20Environments%20Create%20High%20Quality%20Learning%20Environments_Kathy%20Hirsh-Pasek.pdf

We Need To Decide How To Spell The Abbreviation Of “Casual”
http://www.buzzfeed.com/stephanieanderson/cazj-or-cas?bffb&utm_term=4ldqphp#.hhJemRZG1

The new Scrabble words make you fear for the English language
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-new-scrabble-words-make-you-fear-for-the-english-language-10265688.html

Go Forth And Pwn For Shizzle, Word List Guardians Tell Scrabble Players
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/05/21/408508565/go-forth-and-pwn-for-shizzle-say-scrabble-word-list-s-guardians


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