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originally posted by: Anaana
a reply to: Cruff
In the UK "Baby Signing" is growing in popularity, the basis being that babies are capable of expressing themselves linguistically, but it is the control of air and sound, involved in spoken language that limits their ability to express themselves. Hand, and digital control come in much earlier.
There are a lot of studies going on at the moment, my local university is always advertising for babies and toddlers for speech and language development studies, and while imitation remains key to learning a spoken language, those spoken languages are built upon communication skills that develop incredibly rapidly. Some are purely primal. I haven't breastfed in over ten years, but a baby crying at a certain pitch will often cause a sensation that enables me to know what they want, even if I have no responsibility to provide it, my breasts understand it, not my person. So we are certainly hard wired with a number of signalling behaviours necessary for communicating with our care givers, as are all dependent young no matter the species or the level of developed knowledge.
That we all, developmentally, have the same range of sounds to first experiment with would imply that most children begin with combinations of the same sounds before adapting those to specific patterns around them. Hence, I should imagine, why it is such a hot topic of investigation.
originally posted by: Siddharta
All babies of every culture start with the same sounds. That's why the mother is called "Mama" in most languages, because it simply is the source of food "Mmm-Mmm". Even the R-sound, which is very different in most languages and even within the dialects of one language, start with the same sound, using their breath to let the palate vibrate.
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
Typically when children make those noises around me they are saying, 'Please Mr. Mason, don't eat me, I'm not that tasty.'