Thursday, July 29, 2010

In what language do babies cry?

From as early as the second day of life, babies cry to the tune of their mother tongue, according to the researchers in Germany. They recorded the cries of 30 French and 30 German newborns, analyzing frequency, melodic patterns, and pitch. The cries of French babies often began on a lower pitch and then moved higher, while those of German babies often began higher and then became lower. In both cases, the babies were mimicking melody patterns typical of the language of their parents. Hence, it is believed that language development starts in the womb and that a baby's language starts with its earliest cries.

full article from Awake!