July 16th, 2012

Pippa: Rembrandt Rockin' It

typical early words for babies and toddlers in your language

From both my (admittedly introductory) study of linguistics and my own experience with my 14 month old, it seems that the early words of children are guided chiefly by #1 what the children themselves find most urgent and interesting to communicate, #2 what their unskilled and immature muscles find possible to form, and #3 starting with nouns and verbs as the concepts most easy to grasp.

With my daughter we speak English at home, use some ASL signs (I wouldn't go so far as to say we speak ASL with her), and in certain situations we use Mandarin as well. So far she has not produced any Mandarin that is recognizable to me but she has made Mandarin-like babble (imitating rhythms and sounds), especially when we have been in an extended period of speaking only Mandarin, and she shows understanding of some Mandarin, perhaps because I often pair Mandarin with some signs (signing BITE NO while saying "不要咬他" for example).

It's the gap between what she can say in English and what she can sign that I find most fascinating. One of her first signs was "MILK" and she showed understanding of that sign at only a few months old, but she has never said anything like "milk" or "breast" in English. Closest she has come is saying "na na" (probably from "nurse").

Ditto EAT and MORE, which she managed to sign very early, but still has not attempted to say.

On the flip side, she started saying "mama" meaningfully months before being able to pair it with the sign MOTHER (and her sign of MOTHER is still very clumsy, usually just consisting of her rubbing her chin with her hand).

In summary, it seems like whether signed or spoken, everything she expresses are highly motivating concepts, but she's clearly only able to express some concepts in one language. Naturally, I'm wondering if typical early baby words wouldn't vary widely from language to language depending on how difficult the words for certain key, baby-priority concepts are to pronounce.

What are stereotypical first/early words for babies and toddlers in languages you speak? Any languages where words for "mother" and "father" aren't among them? How about real examples of early words (and their meanings in English if you don't mind) from small children you know?


Well, turns out trying to just piece together a partial sentence in Latin is harder than it appears.

What I want to write out is just a dependant clause.
the "As if I'm people" portion of "I'm acting as if I'm people" (like the phrase said whn anthropomorphizing something -- he's eating as if he's people)
But, I am trying to get only the dependant part (if it's possible)

A: Saids statement
B: ... as if I'm people.

Though, a grammatically proper explicit subject (It is as if I'm people) or equivalent would work as well.

Unrelated question: Does anyone know of any good resources (physical books or online) that wouldbe valuable in learning Latin?

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Hello there! This is my first post here so, I'll make a small introduction.
I'm an Italian girl that loves languages, cats and indie music.
I'm a graduated student and my major at university is Japanese.
I can also speak English and French, some Chinese and a little German and that's because I love learning about languages that I'm here.
In my free time I run a blog in 4 languages: Italian, English, Japanese and French, where I write
about random things, not only about Italy or Japan.
I also have some pages where I try to teach Italian to Japanese and French people, but I also make some funny posts where I try to teach Romanesco, (Rome's dialect) to everyone.
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I hope it can be interesting for you and if you have any advice or even corrections, it would be really appreciated!
Thank you so much for your attention!

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Does anyone know of songs whose lyrics were originally in English, and were either translated or had new lyrics written from scratch in any of these languages?

-Chinese, any dialect

An example of such would be Joey Yung's song "Unknown" using the music of Jennifer Paige's song "Crush" - they're both on YouTube, if anyone is curious.

EDIT - Thanks to all commenters, I have what I need!