The Infant’s Exposure to Talk by Familiar People: Mothers, Fathers, and Siblings in Different Environments

  • Charles W. Greenbaum
  • Rivka Landau
Part of the Genesis of Behavior book series (GOBE, volume 2)


The caretaker’s verbal stimulation of infants has long been considered an important element in the cognitive and emotional growth of the child. A basic problem in this area is the identification of the components of this stimulation that contribute to the child’s cognitive and linguistic development (Bruner, 1975). This report will attempt to approach the problem through an examination of the speech to which the infant is exposed by significant others in his environment during his first year of life. We will pay attention to the speech of the infant’s father and his sibling as well as that of his mother, and we will take note of possible changes in familiar people’s speech during this first year.


Home Environment Vowel Sound Institutionalize Child Social Class Difference Verbal Stimulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles W. Greenbaum
    • 1
  • Rivka Landau
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael

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