Thursday, May 22, 2014

Instant Entertainment . . . Thanks, YouTube

As I sit on my bed to ice my knee after doing my rehab exercises, occasionally I click on YouTube for some "instant entertainment."  Yesterday, I checked out a video I hadn't watched for a long time and found that I'd missed a very interesting linguistics point.  This is a video of baby twins communicating with one another.  It's so cute, but what I find even more interesting is the inflections in their communication - certainly pointing out their burgeoning communication skills.  Notice how they formulate questions and answers.

Reminded me of when my kids were learning to talk.  We didn't make up 'baby-talk' words and phrases because we found that just listening to toddlers attempt to use the correct wordage and pronunciation is often much more amusing than 'baby-talk.' An example that comes to mind is when Spencer learned to wish somebody well after they'd sneezed, he offered, "God blush you!"

Do you have any cute examples of your kids learning to talk?

13 comments:

  1. My youngest used to say ka-ba-zzz for because. Boy did she give me a dirty look when she found out I was letting her mispronounce it. LOL She still lets me know every once in a while about it. : >)

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  2. My triplet grandchildren we're taught some sign language so they could ask for things before they learned to talk.

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  3. I'm familiar with the success of teaching babies sign language. It's so interesting to see a baby use sign language long before s/he would be able to communicate verbally. During graduate school I did some part-time work taking care of two different babies who had multiple physical and intellectual issues. Neither baby (one boy and one girl) were ever able to master verbal communication but were able to sign innumerable words and phrases. It was fascinating.

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  4. Just watching and listening young ones grow and learn is amazing.
    Three grand children cal their Uncle Kenny " Uncle Bunny" for years and still sticks, so cute.

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  5. At a very young age, my brother would come up with definitions of things. A fishing net was "holes tied together", a girdle was "bottomless underwear". Now at age 54 he is still that cute.

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    1. Love his "interpretations." Thanks for sharing them.

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  6. This might be a good time to work on Zentangles.

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    1. Lots of maneuvering changes coming up; I need to remember to get my Zentangle supply box out of the RV if I don't move into it very soon.

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  7. We didn't do baby talk either and you are so right ~ they do come up with the cutest things. When Yates was .. I don't know... I can still see him in diapers standing in front of the door saying oof ooof oooof ... anything that was any kind of animal was an ooof oof ... must have been 6 or 7 months old.... everything he did was precious ... doncha know... Haaa

    Hearing him pronounce rhinoceros was absolutely wonderful. He hadn't started school yet but I read to him constantly. He thought rhinoceroses were great fun ... ohhh you know that movie... The Gods Must be Crazy? jeeeeeez that's hilarious ... if you haven't seen it. omg!!! it's on YouTube... hah!

    http://youtu.be/V5QPL757PPU

    The Rhino stamped out fires and well... redbox it ... the original .. anyway, Yates would say ... rinOCerUS ... loses something in translation but take my word it was precious... ;)

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