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Subject: Words for Mother
Question:
I am curious why there is a remarkable similarity across different languages in the form of nusery names for parents?e.g.,In Chinese and Navajo ''ma'' corresponds to English ''mama''.
Is it juist a matter of fact on coincident????

Reply:
Just to follow up on Bob Papen's comments: it's not that the word
for mother is related in all these languages. It's that human babies
develop at roughly the same timetable everywhere, and the sounds
in the baby words (and sometimes also the adult term) for mother
correspond to the sound that are earliest controllable by baby
articulators.

Reply From: Nancy J. Frishberg     click here to access email
Date: Jan-21-2006
Other Replies:
  1. Re: Words for Mother Robert A Papen    (Jan-20-2006)
  2. Re: Words for Mother Geoffrey Sampson    (Jan-23-2006)

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