It may be surprising, but babies cry in different languages. Scientists have discovered an accent in the cries of newborns.
It may be surprising, but babies cry in different languages. Scientists have discovered an accent in the cries of newborns
But even the ubiquitous Stirlitz had no idea that the nationality of a child's parents can be established without any parents. So in the cry of a French baby of five days old, a characteristic Gallic dialect is already heard, and in the cries of a German baby, his Teutonic origin is felt. Scientists believe that children listen sensitively to the conversations of their parents while in the womb.
Scientists have previously established that babies are able to distinguish sounds and voices while still in their mother's tummy. But for the first time, science seriously states that a baby's characteristic regional pronunciation develops from the first days of life.
The authors of the study were Dr. Kathleen Wermke and her colleagues from the University of Würzburg (Germany). For a long time they studied the cries of various babies in maternity wards. Only babies born into the world scream simply and without an accent, only raising and lowering their voice. But after a few days, their cry becomes more "advanced", it has a characteristic duration and "sloping" sounds.
Researchers recorded the cry of 30 hungry French and 38 German babies, and then compared the results using a computer. The cry of the French began with lower tones, and then began to oscillate. German babies, on the other hand, started screaming with high tones.