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What is a word for talk or conversation done by a child? The aspects I wish to portray is the way in which they speak continuously, in an animated and enthusiastic way, and often nonsensically. Preferably the word should convey this in a positive light.

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What do you see as the essential differences between a child talking and an adult talking? What's wrong with "talk"? –  Monica Cellio Jan 4 '12 at 23:04
    
The aspects I wish to portray is the way in which they speak continuously, in an animated and enthusiastic way, and often non-sensically. –  dangerousdave Jan 4 '12 at 23:17
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Based on your comment above, I'd say the word you are looking for is babble.

From dictionary.com:

  1. to utter sounds or words imperfectly, indistinctly, or without meaning.
  2. to talk idly, irrationally, excessively, or foolishly; chatter or prattle.
  3. to make a continuous, murmuring sound.
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+1 for prattle. –  Callithumpian Jan 4 '12 at 23:55
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@Jim's babble is a hot contender for the most common word we use to describe a child's speech. But OP specifically asks for a "positive" word, and for my part I have to say I normally see that one as somewhat negative - of the three definitions he gives, the first two are effectively critical, and the last seems primarily prompted by the fact that we always speak of babbling brooks.

I therefore suggest chatter. Skimming through a few instances of children's/childish chatter, it seems to me that although childish chatter is frequently used in negative contexts, children's chatter is normally used positively. The words children's and childish have opposing connotations, but chatter itself seems to be either neutral or positive in most contexts.

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I considered that, but it seemed to me that "babble" is fairly neutral, especiialy concerning children's speech. It is even positive in some context (a babbling brook is generally considered a pleasant sound) –  Jim Jan 5 '12 at 5:29
    
I don't think @-mentioning someone in an answer actually works. –  simchona Jan 5 '12 at 8:07
    
@simchona: That wouldn't surprise me, but even if it doesn't "work" as of now, it's a trivial thing that the backroom guys could implement anytime in the future if they felt like it. Anyway, I do it as much by way of a "marker" to readers that I'm mentioning the name of another user posting against this question, so I'd still do it even if it doesn't trigger an "inbox alert" to Jim. –  FumbleFingers Jan 5 '12 at 16:51
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Jabber, rattle, blab, blabber, gibber, drivel, sputter, ramble, chatter, twitter, prate, yap, gabble, blather, yak, yammer, yabber, yatter, etc.

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Crib talk describes a child's conversation with itself, often a bedtime monologue. It is a neutral, non-judgmental term.

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