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ERIC Number: EJ1228192
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Structural Variations, Quantitative Differences and Similarities between Maternal and Paternal Infant-Directed Speech
Kokkinaki, Theano
Early Child Development and Care, v189 n12 p1925-1942 2019
We compared systematically the structure, the focus, the thematic sequences, the complexity and the syntactic properties between maternal and paternal infant-directed speech in engagements of infants with their mothers and fathers. Eleven mother-infant and 11 father-infant dyads were video-recorded during their natural interactions at home from the second to the sixth month after birth. Micro-analysis of maternal and paternal infant-directed speech within well-defined units and subunits of analysis revealed: (a) "structural variations" that gave a higher index of more and shorter in duration units and subunits in father-infant, compared to mother-infant, interactions; (b) "quantitative differences" that favour mother-infant interactions in the content of focused infant-directed speech; and (c) "quantitative similarity" of maternal and paternal references to infant emotions and 'sharing'. These results are discussed in the frame of the theory of innate intersubjectivity and of the company and care both parents give to developing infants.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Greece; United Kingdom (Scotland)