The science of baby babbling – and why it can take on accents

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A cute video of a baby babbling with an accent is making the rounds. The video highlights how vital babbling is. More than just a random assortment of mouth sounds, babbling is a milestone in language developement.

Learn more about the science from the Conversation:

Babies learning English make different babbling sounds to babies learning French, as they tend to mimic the specific speech patterns used by the adult speakers of their language. For instance, English baby babbling contains a lot of syllables that end in consonants (“ack”, “et”, “ug”), whereas French babies will often stretch out the last syllable of their babbled sentences and say it for longer (“oh” → “oooh”).

Children reinforce their knowledge of words over time, gradually making fewer mistakes when they talk and becoming faster and faster at recognising words when they hear them.

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