If you are interested in motherese, parentese, infant-directed speech, and child-directed speech, you will probably have read a lot about the role of repetition and variation in mothers’ speech to their children. If you want to find out more, you can look at our reading list for that topic, or you can have a look at my recent talk about “Repetition and Variation in a Mother’s Interactions with her Pre-verbal Infant“. This presentation, which compares spoken language to the nursery rhymes sung by the mother, was based on joint work with my colleague Massimo Poesio, who had collected and prepared the corpus data, and two students, Victoria Manning and Katherine Youngs, who made transcriptions of the corpus. I gave the talk at the Workshop on “The Role of Interaction in Language Development and Loss throughout the Lifespan”. This workshop was organised by the University of Essex Research Centre for Language Development throughout the Lifespan (LaDeLi), 26th of April, 2016. You can also download a pdf-version of the programme for the workshop.
If you have any suggestions for future work or our reading list, please let us know.