Native language shapes the melody of a newborn baby’s cry

baby bottle Native language shapes the melody of a newborn baby’s cry

Telling the difference between a German and French speaker isn’t difficult. But you may be more surprised to know that you could have a good stab at distinguishing between German and French babies based on their cries. The bawls of French newborns tend to have a rising melody, with higher frequencies becoming more prominent as the cry progresses. German newborns tend to cry with a falling melody.

via Native language shapes the melody of a newborn baby’s cry at Nerdshit.

So you know what that means?  those lil buggers are listening to us while they’re in the womb.  Scary stuff. Imagine if they could understand all that noise, eh?

2 thoughts on “Native language shapes the melody of a newborn baby’s cry

  1. When I impregnate a female I am going to strap a speaker to her tummy and play Iron Maiden until it frees itself.

    And it will burst forth singing Flight of the Icarus.

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