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Newport, Elissa L., Henry Gleitman and Lila R. Gleitman. 1977. Mother, I'd rather do it myself: Some effects and non-effects of maternal speech style. In Snow, Catherine E. and Charles A. Ferguson, eds. Talking to children: Language input and acquisition. Cambridge University Press. pp. 109–149.
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A taxonomy of motherese and its adjustments to the child's stage of language learning is presented. The question is asked to what degree and in what respects motherese influences language learning.