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Thursday, December 6, 2018

bringing up a babbling baby

Interested in the science behind babies?  npr's Hidden Brain highlighted a radio replay focusing on the mysterious language of babies, how they learn and how they grow through social interactions and music. Babies who are babbling are not only communicating, but they also have a heightened sense of engagement and are ready to learn. Their babbling begins a constant feedback loop between parent and baby, although the baby is not speaking any words.  The nearly 1,000 pieces vocalization a baby babbles per day starts them on the road to language swiftly, as long as the parent is attentive.  Babbling falls into 4 distinct categories.
  • qrv - quasi resonant vocalization - least mature vocalization - nasal sounds / parents interpret as fussing
  • frv - fully resonant vowel - around 3-months old - more open vowels / more "speech-like"
  • msfr - marginal syllable - around 6-months old - add consonants in the mix  - but the transition between the two is slow
  • cs - canonical syllable - around 9-months old - mama dada - when babies combine vowels and consonants / parents react most positively to this type of babbling
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