Prosodic characteristics of infant-directed speech as a function of maternal parity

Katalin Mády, Uwe D. Reichel, Ádám Szalontai, Anna Kohári, Andrea Deme


Infant-directed speech (IDS) has been found to be characterised by higher fundamental frequency, wider pitch range, higher energy, lower speech rate and various other factors. These tendencies occur in most languages, although with some inter-language variation. This study tries to establish these measures for the speech of Hungarian mothers of newborn babies who differ in terms of their maternal parity. Both mothers who gave birth for the first time (primipara, PP) and mothers with multiple pregnancies (multipara, MP) use higher pitch when talking to their babies as opposed to an adult. An overall increase of f0 in both speaking styles was observed for multipara mothers, although statistically not significant. IDS of this group was also characterised by higher energy and more prominent pitch accents, while these effects were missing from the IDS of primipara mothers. Directedness or parity had no effect on syllable rate.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-60

Cite as: Mády, K., Reichel, U.D., Szalontai, Á., Kohári, A., Deme, A. (2018) Prosodic characteristics of infant-directed speech as a function of maternal parity. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 294-298, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-60.


@inproceedings{Mády2018,
  author={Katalin Mády and Uwe D. Reichel and Ádám Szalontai and Anna Kohári and Andrea Deme},
  title={Prosodic characteristics of infant-directed speech as a function of maternal parity},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={294--298},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-60},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-60}
}