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Is this more Junk Science?

Post by SamCogar on Fri Nov 06, 2009 6:03 am

From their very first days, the cries of newborns already bear the mark of the language their parents speak, scientists now find.

French newborns tend to cry with rising melody patterns, slowly increasing in pitch from the beginning to the end, whereas German newborns seem to prefer falling melody patterns, findings that are both consistent with differences between the languages.

This suggests infants begin picking up elements of language in the womb, long before their first babble or coo. geek geek

However, when scientists recorded and analyzed the cries of 60 healthy newborns when they were three to five days old 30 born into French-speaking families, 30 into German-speaking ones their analysis revealed clear differences in the melodies of their cries based on their native tongue.

I wonder just how those infants picked up any elements of language in the womb with their ears full of fetal urine (amniotic fluid)?

They were recorded and analyzed when they were three to five days old, huh?

Now I'm wondering how many times those infants heard their mothers talking to them (after they got their ears cleaned out) in those first 3 to 5 days?




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