Should children be allowed and encouraged to use baby talk*? Should parents speak in baby talk with their babies and toddlers?
Here is a link to someone who thinks it's good for babies.
While it makes sense to speak slowly, clearly and easily to babies, I think words like poo-poo and stuff are unhealthy, bourgeois, Freudian inventions.
<While it makes sense to speak slowly, clearly and easily to babies, I think words like poo-poo and stuff are unhealthy, bourgeois, Freudian inventions. >
I think you'll find that such expressions were around a few thousand year before Freud.
Exactly! Freud just described them, that's why they're named after him.
baby talk... no way, Hose. How could you expect your baby to start to tak as you by the time you are trying to speak 'baby's language'. Baby can never learn what is right to say and how to pronounce words. So that sound really silly.
Baby's will learn to speak, no matter what you do.
Language is not learned, but acquired. Using or not using baby talk has no demonstrable effect on how well a child will speak. It is probably more of a bonding behavior than a teaching behavior in the first place.