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Baby talk evolved to make parents seem less intimidating

If you're guilty of talking to your baby in a silly voice, you should blame your caveman ancestors, new research suggests.

Researchers have found that 'baby talk' - speaking to your child in a high pitched voice while using simplistic language - could be a hang-up of early human evolution.

Our ancestors may have originally spoken in a childish voice to appear less intimidating to their babies.

And because this peculiar habit made it easier for babies to learn their first language, it soon became ingrained in our DNA, scientists have suggested.

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Researchers have found that 'baby talk' - speaking to your child in a high pitched voice while using simplistic language - could be a hang-up of early human evolution (stock image)

Researchers have found that 'baby talk' - speaking to your child in a high pitched voice while using simplistic language - could be a hang-up of early human evolution (stock image)

WHY DO WE USE BABY TALK?

The researchers studied the movements that mothers make with their lips and tongue while talking to their babies to decipher the origins of baby talk. 

When mothers speak to their babies, which is formally known as infant-directed speech, they unconsciously adjust their voice box to speak in a higher pitch.

The researchers suggest that our ancestors may have unconsciously raised their larynx to produce a squeaky voice that appears less aggressive to their offspring.

To decipher the origins of baby talk, researchers studied the movements that mothers make with their lips and tongue while talking to their babies.

They found that when mothers speak to their babies, which is formally known as infant-directed speech, they unconsciously adjust their voice box to speak in a higher pitch.

Dr Marina Kalashnikova, a researcher in infancy studies at Western Sydney University, told MailOnline: 'We showed that in comparison to adult directed speech, mothers

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