Couple Speak

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Couples with cutesy pet names and intimate code language may be nauseating, but research finds those are signs of a healthy relationship. Cristen and Caroline parse out the particulars of how and why couple-speak happens.

Episode Sources:

"The Language of Great Couples"

"Why do couples use pet names? The secret language of relationship-speak, explained"

"The language that lovers share is a 'window' into the state of their relationship"

"Science says these 5 things happen to couples who have been together a long time"

"The baest bae to ever bae: Bae isn't just a noun anymore"

"Bae watch: The ascent of a new pet name"

"Now that white people have declared 'bae' over, black people can use it in peace"

"Thinking alike changes how we speak"

"Dugon, Haus You Dinkin, Du-Ah"

"The real reason why couples use baby talk"

Academic Insights:

"Language style matching predicts relationship initiation and stability." Molly E. Ireland et al.

"On phonetic convergence during conversation." Jennifer S. Pardo. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Vol. 119, No. 4. April 2006.

"Emotional contagion." Elaine Hatfield et al. Current Directions in Psychological Science. 1993.

Topics in this Podcast: dating, relationships, love