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Baby talk   /bˈeɪbi tɔk/   Listen
Baby talk

An adult's imitation of the speech of a young child.  Synonyms: babytalk, motherese.
The developing speech of a young child.  Synonym: babytalk.

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"Baby talk" Quotes from Famous Books

... persons demean themselves by speaking it. The word "pidjun" appears to refer generally to business. "My pidjun" is undoubtedly "my work." How the whole English-speaking community, without distinction of rank, has come to communicate with the Chinese in this baby talk ...
— The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither • Isabella L. Bird (Mrs. Bishop)

... deduction after reading the sign was that the person who wanted the boarders was Aunt Clara's mother. She was like Aunt Clara in that she was dark and small, but in nothing else. She did not wear pretty dresses nor laugh nor address baby talk to "Boo'ful." She was very old and not nice to look at, Bean thought; and an uneasy woman, not knowing how to be quiet. Mostly she worked in the kitchen, after a hasty morning tour of the house to "do" the rooms. Bean was much surprised to learn that her name, ...
— Bunker Bean • Harry Leon Wilson

... was not until they had pitched their tents and settled to their supper that Cara had noticed with great astonishment that there was another baby camel a little way off. He began to wonder how it was they had not met before, and in his funny, camel-baby talk tried to speak to the newcomer; but Camer did not seem inclined for conversation. Her mother was lying down, and Camer was nestling as closely as possible to her with her odd-shaped little head almost ...
— Rataplan • Ellen Velvin

Words linked to "Baby talk" :   non-standard speech

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