Talking starts in womb

2009-11-07 00:00

NEWBORN babies cry in their mother tongue, a German study claims.

The study, published in the journal Current Biology, says babies mimic the intonation of their native tongue when crying, suggesting they pick up the first elements of language in the womb.

Scientists were aware babies recognise certain sounds such as their parents’ ­voices, but they believed infants were only able to imitate them from the age of about 12 weeks.

Now research suggests babies develop a capacity for language much earlier than previously thought. “Our study shows the importance of crying for seeding language development,” said Professor Kathleen Wermke, who led the research at the University of Würzburg.

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