|« Cupcake Decorating Ideas||Get Up And Go! »|
New research has discovered that as soon as babies are born they cry with the same "accent" as their mothers! This suggests that they begin to learn language in the womb. Previously, it was though that babies recognise sounds from the outside world while they are still in the womb, and that they are settled by the sound of their mother's voice. But, this research goes a bit further and suggests that the mother's voice influences the baby's speech.
The research was carried out in Germany and published in the journal, "Current Biology". The scientists analysed the cries of 60 healthy babies between the age of three and five days old. Half of them were born to French-speaking mothers and the other half were German. The results showed that the French babies cried with a different "accent" compared to the German ones.
The French babies cried with a "raising melody"; the German babies cried with a "falling melody". The pattern, according to the researchers, are consistent with the characteristic differences between the two languages."
Previous research has shown that babies can imitate vowel sounds by 12 weeks. They would physically be unable to do so any earlier. Crying can be done from birth without the need for well developed vocal chords. Babies are motivated to copy the sounds of their mother in order to attract her attention and encourage bonding.
|<< <||> >>|
Hi! I'm Tikal the Toucan, the mascot for ToucanLearn. Follow my blog to find out interesting things relating to babies, toddlers and preschool children!
Sign up FREE to ToucanLearn to follow our activity based learning programme for babies, toddlers and children. We offer hundreds of fun learning craft, games and activities - every activity is aimed at the capabilities of your specific children. Download custom activity sheets, and log their progress in each child's unique Daily Diary!
You'll also find sticker and reward charts, certificates, number and letter practice. Every activity links into the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) areas of learning and development.
Fill in our Daily Diary to log progress against the EYFS and add photo entries instantly simply by sending them straight from your phone. You can share diaries back with parents or childminders so that everyone can enjoy watching your children develop.
activities animals art babies baby behaviour books «child development» childcare childminder children christmas colours communication confidence cooking counting craft «daily diary» development doctor «early years foundation stage» eating eyfs family «fine motor skills» food fruit fun games garden «gross motor skills» happy health healthy «healthy eating» ideas language «language development» learning letters «make believe» music nature numbers nursery ofsted outdoors parenting park pictures play pregnancy reading relax research routine safety school shapes sleep sounds speech sun television tips toddler toddlers toucanlearn «toucanlearn blog» toys vegetables water words writing
©2018 by ToucanLearn Ltd.Credits: b2