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"Babies cry in mother tongue"

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lowrib Fri 06-Nov-09 23:42:27

From an article on the BBC website

"German researchers say babies begin to pick up the nuances of their parents' accents while still in the womb.

The researchers studied the cries of 60 healthy babies born to families speaking French and German.

The French newborns cried with a rising "accent" while the German babies' cries had a falling inflection.

Writing in the journal Current Biology, they say the babies are probably trying to form a bond with their mothers by imitating them.

The findings suggest that unborn babies are influenced by the sound of the first language that penetrates the womb."

More at news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8346058.stm

lowrib Sun 08-Nov-09 23:18:58

Well I thought it was interesting anyway! smile

QandA Sun 08-Nov-09 23:55:09

It is amazing, and another example of how much tiny babies have already learnt and their capacity to learn. smile

MissM Mon 09-Nov-09 08:40:50

I have to say I'm a bit sceptical. What about babies with bilingual mothers, or of mothers of one nationality who live in a different country so they're hearing different languages? I'm not entirely convinced.

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