May 13, 2013
Why Babies in Every Country Say 'Mama'
Therese Oneill, The Week
Every language has a word for water. In Swahili they call it maji. In Dutch Danish, it's vand. The Japanese say mizu. Even though these words describe the most common and plentiful life-giving substance on Earth, they have nothing in common linguistically. But why should they, evolving as they did on three separate continents among people with incredibly diverse histories and traditions?
TAGGED: Speech, Babies, Mothers, Linguistics