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The effects of maternal depression on the 'musicality' of infant directed speech and conversational engagement

Marwick, Helen M. and Murray, L. (2010) The effects of maternal depression on the 'musicality' of infant directed speech and conversational engagement. In: Communicative musicality. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 281-300. ISBN 9780199588725

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Abstract

Communicative Musicality explores the intrinsic musical nature of human interaction. The theory of communicative musicality was developed from groundbreaking studies showing how in mother/infant communication there exist noticeable patterns of timing, pulse, voice timbre, and gesture. Without intending to, the exchange between a mother and her infant follow many of the rules of musical performance, including rhythm and timing.