1st Student's Major

Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services

1st Student's College

Allied Health and Nursing

Students' Professional Biography

Elayna Dyke is from Austin, Minnesota, and she is a current senior at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She will be graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders in spring 2017. She is planning on pursuing her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology starting in fall 2017 in order to become a certified speech-language pathologist. She is a member of the Honors Program, and she is also conducting research on aphasia and patient reported outcomes with Dr. H. Sheen Chiou.

Mentor's Name

Anne Dahlman

Mentor's Email Address


Mentor's Department

Honors Program


This single case study examines possible cultural implications of the current definition of Parentese, also called caretaker speech, based on the personal accounts of a person who is bilingual in both English and Spanish. This case study was conducted in one interview in order to find possible differences in Parentese with the Spanish language in Mexican culture in contrast to Parentese in the English Language in American culture. The purpose of this study was to find if there were differences between parentese between these cultures, and in which ways they were different. According to the subject’s personal experiences within her culture and languages, there were no significant differences in Parentese between the Spanish language in Mexican culture and the current definitions of Parentese which include English language speakers in American culture. The subject noted that parents within her experiences in her culture play more with their children, and she noted that there are more instances of parents talking to their children.

Creative Commons License

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