A Comparison between Motherese in the West and in Chinese Mandarin

WANG Yurong
2013 International Journal of Language and Linguistics  
Motherese, a name given to the restricted sort of language spoken by mothers to their children, could have an important role in affecting the rate of language acquisition. The way children acquire language in a miraculously short time is a topic of enormous current interest, stimulated by new technology which is currently enhancing our knowledge. Various studies have shown that those children who have been exposed to motherese are more likely to acquire the language at an accelerated pace.
more » ... elerated pace. There are researches about this subject both in China and in the West, but a comparison of the similarities and differences between motherese in the West and in China has seldom been researched. This paper sets out to explore the similarities and differences between motherese in the West and in Chinese mandarin through a qualitative and a quantitative research. Through this study, it will be of great help to children's language development. Nowadays, with the development of the society, new mothers attach more importance to children's language development in order to found a good starting point. Meanwhile, many Chinese mothers want to create an English environment to their children by themselves. In this sense, this study can be of great significance.
doi:10.11648/j.ijll.20130104.15 fatcat:uaqrooivtnddthbppe66zdodoy