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Why do couples use baby talk with one another?

By Ramesh Kaipa, Associate Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Oklahoma State University
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Imagine you’re strolling through a park and you overhear a middle-aged couple cooing over each other, doting over their “wittle sugar pwum” and “baby doll.”

“Ewwww,” you might reflexively think.

Baby talk is cute when grown-ups dote on babies. But when adults converse with each other? Not so much.

Yet in my work as a communication sciences and disorders researcher, I’ve come across studies showing that as…The Conversation


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