- The mothers of twins was less
infant-focused, less responsive to infant nonvocal cues, and ascribed less
agency to the infant than the speech of mothers of single infants. Mothers of twins also ask their infants fewer questions, and they speak more in declarative speech
- The differences observed between a mother with a single infant and a mother with twins can
be simply explained by the use of ‘motherese’ speech by mothers., therefore, a language learning environment for twin infants differs from that experienced by single infants.
- Mothers of twin infants who have not yet aquired language share a number of speech characteristics
with stressed and depressed mothers, however their speech style cannot be explained simply by stress or depression alone.
- Most likely, lack of time
to practise ‘motherese’, and less time available for a mother of twin infants to become familiar with their
infant’s interactive behaviour, probably because the mothers’ attention was always divided between two