Sunday, November 8, 2009

Quote of the day

Le Monde:
Les bébés crient dans leur langue maternelle

Translation:
Babies cry in their native language.

I think this is probably bullshit and even if it were true I'm not sure why it matters.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Isn't there some large body of research claiming that infants can hear spoken language while still in the womb, and thus acquire "native accents" (for lack of a better expression) even before they are born?

So maybe all it means is that the babble of infants reflects the general use of vowels, consonants, stresses, etc. in the language that surrounds them.

(A good test of this might be to see how babies cry in those Khoisan language families where the consonants employ clicking sounds.)

 
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