The role of properties of infant-directed speech on early word learning

PhD Student Project

Nicole is interested in investigating the role of properties of infant-directed speech on early word learning.

Infant-directed speech (IDS), also known as ‘baby talk’, facilitates early language processing and word learning. However, IDS has many different properties, including exaggerated positive emotion, vowel hyper-articulation, higher pitch and pitch variability, slower tempo, and shorter sentences. Here, we study how specific properties of the speech may be more important for word learning than others.

Nicole is recruiting 14-17 month old monolingual children to participate in this study.  Please register or contact Nicole directly to take part.


Nicole Traynor

Academic Supervisors

Associate Professor Paola Escudero

Associate Professor Gabrielle Weidemann

Dr Christa Lam-Cassettari

Partner / Funding Body
  • Western Sydney University

Human Research Ethics Committee Approval Number: H12730

For more information or to register your interest, please contact:
NameNicole Traynor
Phone+61 2 9772 6535