First sounds and words

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First sounds and words

Postby Hoogstwaarschijnlijk » 2017-12-15, 19:45

What were the first sounds your child made, and what were the first words? Or from yourself if you happen to know?

I know that in a lot of languages mother and father is something with a m and p because those are the first sounds a child can say, I wonder if we'll find out that this is true on anecdotical evidence.

My child first sounds were baba and dede (I joked that she was speaking Turkish :wink:).

Her first words were mama, die (that) and nee (no).
She says papa a lot btw but as she doesn't have any those are just sounds, she also says a lot of nene nowadays which is also meaningless. She's 1 year old.
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Re: First sounds and words

Postby linguoboy » 2017-12-15, 19:56

There's a definite sequence to the acquisition of speech sounds in English. It starts with vowels and voiced nasal stops and ends with unvoiced fricatives and affricates. So /ʤ/ is generally one of the very last phonemes mastered by children learning English, but reportedly, for the son of the well-known Indo-Europeanist Eric Hamp, it was the first consonant he learned.
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Re: First sounds and words

Postby Luís » 2017-12-15, 20:44

The last sound I mastered as a child was [ʁ]. Up until I was 3 or 4 I used to pronounce it as [ʒ] for some reason... :P

In general laterals such as [l] and [ʎ] tend to be the last sounds a child masters in (European) Portuguese.
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Re: First sounds and words

Postby atalarikt » 2018-02-05, 6:41

The thrilled [r] sound was the last voice I mastered as a child (I guess when I was around 6/7? I don't exactly remember :lol: ). Before I was around those ages, my "r" sounded like [ɾ], which was often mocked by my two older siblings back then.
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Re: First sounds and words

Postby vijayjohn » 2018-02-05, 6:55

The first sentence I recall making, only because my parents and brother told me about this, was:


Apparently, this meant 'Mom's eating a hamburger'.

The syntax seems to just be the same as in Malayalam. [əmˈma] is just what I call my mom (even now). [ˈaːmbuki] is apparently how I pronounced 'hamburger' at the time (I was probably like four?) but bears a striking resemblance to [ˈaːmbut͡ʃi], which was my mom's made-up nickname for me. (My mom liked making up nicknames for everyone in our family that had no resemblance whatsoever to our actual names, and preferably no resemblance to any actually existing names, either). I think [nahˈnah] for 'am/are/is eating' was probably inspired by the fact that my parents are always paranoid about us potentially getting sick from bacteria in food, so they heat everything up until it's way too hot to actually eat, which was frustrating when I was hungry and couldn't heat things up myself! So one coping mechanism I used to use was to sort of blow on the food while chewing it, which kind of sounded like [nahnahnah].

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