The way you say things matters

tony leather By tony leather, 25th May 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1kdd4-xc/
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Babies do have an inbuilt sense, of the rhythmic patterns of speech used by adults, when the adults are talking to the infants. This sensitivity begins, apparently,in the womb, long before the moment of birth.

The way you say things matters



The noises, that mothers cannot help but make, when ‘talking’ to their babies, can seem fairly incomprehensible to us normal folks, but for the babies themselves, be they still in the womb, or newborn, these sounds are vitally important. While most men would own up to seeing little point to it, those mothers know instinctively that there most certainly is.

Canadian scientists actually conducted research into this very topic, discovering, in the process, that babies do have an inbuilt sense, of the rhythmic patterns of speech used by adults, when the adults are talking to the infants. This sensitivity begins, apparently,in the womb, long before the moment of birth, and this ability, to recognize these sound rhythms while still developing in the womb, could be of essential use, when it comes to the process of learning how to talk.

Children, it would appear, are naturally inclined toward picking up speech rhythms from the parents, which they then use themselves, to modulate the infant babbling they all do, a precursor to the learning process which helps them form real words. There appears to be, among parents. an unconscious disposition, to the adopting of a sing-song language, when speaking to the infants, possibly responding themselves to primal messages buried within their own brains.

Dartmouth college in New Hampshire, took this theory a step further, when comparing the progress of children, born of deaf parents, to those of hearing ones. Those of deaf had could hear perfectly well, but did not experience sound in the same way as those of hearing parents , so the deaf ones altered the way in which they used sign language!

Whilst hearing parents usually wave their hands at random, deaf parents do so in a rhythmic way, as if signing especially for the infants, as opposed to normal sining used with adults. Babies of deaf people also start to babble, but with their hands, as well as their mouths, proving that the inbuilt sensitivity to rhythms, detected in all babies, was powerful enough babies picked up on sign language, even when spoken language was sometimes there.

Babies seem to find it important, making use of the rhythmic patterns underlying human language, in their own development. While some feel that baby babbling, from seven months on, has nothing really to do with language at all, but just stems from the random movements of t babies mouths. Others feel, however, that it is vital that baby learns the use of the the rhythms that are the very foundation of speech itself.

With an obvious sensitivity to sing-song rhythms, which peaks at just the right moment, babies have an instinct for development that cannot be denied. Oddly enough, parents too, seem to feel an instinctive need to communicate, in this exact way, at precisely the same stage. If what you say to your baby makes no real sense to you, fear not, because. Baby will be loving every second, , and one day, they will find a way to tell you so.

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Babies, Communication, Education, Learning, Messages, Signals, Teaching

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mainly non-fiction articles, though I do write short stories, poetry and descriptive prose as well. Have been writing for over ten years now

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