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Seeking Families with children aged 12-15 months for language research

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LeedsCDU Tue 01-Aug-17 16:11:36

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Are you interested in taking part in language research? The Leeds Child Development Unit is looking for families with monolingual children aged 12 – 15 months to take part in a new project about children’s responses to different kinds of speech. Eligible children should be within the age range during August and September 2017.

Research has shown that babies and young children pay more attention to speech with higher pitch and exaggerated intonation. This kind of speech is sometimes called child-directed speech, motherese, or baby talk. Evidence suggests that child-directed speech can help early language learning, e.g. by helping babies learn words and phrases, or by helping them realise that the speaker is talking to them, rather than to someone else in the room.

The aim of the project is to understand the strength of this effect, how it might vary between babies, between languages and cultures, and how it might change as babies grow. We are inviting families into our Unit so babies can show us how much (or how little) they prefer different speech sounds. We’ll do this by recording how long they look at a screen while listening to sounds. This part of the visit should take no longer than 10 minutes, but with some warm-up play and some discussion with parents, the whole visit should last around 30 – 45 minutes. Parents remain with their child throughout and will receive £7.50 for their time, plus modest travel reimbursements.

If you’d like to know more about the study, or if you’d like to sign up to take part, please contact Dr Cat Davies by email or by phone on 0113 34 33564 (please leave a message) and we will send information to you. Alternatively you can sign up by filling in the webform at

This study has been approved by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures Research Ethics Committee at the University of Leeds (reference number PVAR 16-070; approved 10/05/2017).

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