Early Infant Vocal Development

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From the time they are born children experience many milestones. One of them being an infant learning to vocalize. However, what is unknown to most is how exactly an infant learns to make use of their voice. Most theories say they learn by example, by listening to the adults around them. According to Bateson, 1975 and stark 1978, as cited by Hui Chin-Hsu, Alan Fogel and Rebecca B. Cooper, authors of Infant Vocal Development during the First 6 Months: Speech, Quality and Melodic Complexity, “Early infant vocalization is viewed as a precursor to interpersonal communicative skills and language development”. Vocalizations such as cries, laughter and grunts are viewed as a preview for what’s to come in the future.
Infants experience a number of
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