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

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