Baby talk

There's a baby living in my apartment house! He or she just moved in, and we can all hear the baby talk when the baby goes outside. "Ba-ba-ba", "da-da-da" and "ma-ma" are the basics of baby talk.

My grand-niece. Isn't she a doll?
Besides being fun to listen to, baby talk reveals something about language. This baby is probably living with Czech-speaking parents, yet the baby talk is just like American English baby talk.

"A" is the first letter of both alphabets, because it's the first vowel in most European baby talk. "B" and "d" are early in the alphabet, and also early in baby talk. "Ma-ma" means mother in English, because it's one of first words babies say. "Da-da" sounds like Dad or Daddies, one American English word for "father." And "ba-ba" of course means "baby."


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