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Thursday, November 14, 2019

do babies cry in a different language?

New York Times Parenting takes a closer look at the question, "do babies cry in a different language"? As reported, in 2009, Dr. Wermke’s and her colleagues made headlines with a study showing that French and German newborns produce distinctly different “cry melodies,” reflecting the languages they heard in utero: German newborns produce more cries that fall from a higher to a lower pitch, mimicking the falling intonation of the German language, while French infants tend to cry with the rising intonation of French. With further research, newborns whose mothers speak tonal languages, such as Mandarin, tend to produce more complex cry melodies. Swedish newborns, whose native language has a “pitch accent,” produce more sing-songy cries. So bottom-line... yes, they do cry in a different tone - a first step in language. ny times parenting  
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