Infantile speech

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For "baby talk" of adults to children, see Child-directed speech.

Infantile speech, pedolalia, baby talk, infantile perseveration, or infantilism is a speech disorder, persistence of early speech development stage beyond the age when it is normally expected. It is characterized by the omission of some sounds and the substitution of standard speech sounds observed in children in early developmental stages.[1][2] Despite that, people who don't have congenital infantile speech can learn to sing or talk in such manner.

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  1. ^ "Terminology of Communication Disorders", by Lucille Nicolosi, Elizabeth Harryman, Janet Kresheck (2003) ISBN 0-7817-4196-3, p.158
  2. ^ "Infantile speech" in Medical Dictionary