May 13, 2013

Why Babies in Every Country Say 'Mama'

Therese Oneill, The Week

AP Photo

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?

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TAGGED: Speech, Babies, Mothers, Linguistics


October 22, 2013
Mothers Have Favorites, Even into Old Age
Max Ehrenfreund, WaPo
Despite what they may say, mothers have favorites among their children, and a new study finds that those preferences tend to continue into old age. The authors of the study suggest that doctors, hospital staff and... more ››
October 23, 2013
Spanking Linked to Behavior, Language Problems
Michelle Castillo, CBS
Spanking may leave a lasting impact on children, well past their initial punishment. Children who were spanked often early in life by their mothers were more likely to be aggressive later in childhood compared to kids who weren't... more ››