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Smagulova, Juldyz. 2014. Early language socialization and language shift: Kazakh as Baby Talk. Journal of Sociolinguistics 18 (3) : 370–387.
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Caregiver speech in ethnic Kazakh Russophone urban families, combines quantitatively predominant Kazakh with preverbal Baby Talk, thus depreciating Kazakh as infant-directed register, defining Russian as expert community members' register, and discouraging children's (later) Kazakh-Russian multilingualism. This ideology supports the running language shift to Russian notwithstanding families’ endeavor to bilingually educate their children.