playful, often nonsensical talk used to amuse or imitate a baby
- See child-directed speech.
- Simplified speech similar to child-directed speech, used by adults when speaking to others besides children, as to display affection or to belittle the intelligence of the listener.
- Speech produced by young children that displays the syntactic, morphological, and phonetic imperfections typical of young children learning language.
- Oversimplified speech or writing.