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My background is in computer science. I am fueled by coffee and a painful degree of empathy with usability test subjects.
I currently convert technical details to plain language for normal people, and convert normal language to technical details for programmers.
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At what age should I expect my daughter to talk?
As long as the child hears you speaking to other adults as well, there is little evidence to show whether using "baby talk" or "child-directed speech" when talking to an infant is helpful or not. Some studies have shown that infants pay more attention to this kind of speech and that it might help them learn language better. It is not completely universal across societies to use baby talk or even to speak to young babies directly at all, but this has not been linked to significant language acquisition differences.