Wednesday, December 19, 2012
echolalia noun [ek-oh-LEY-lee-uh] The imitation by a baby of the vocal sounds produced by others, occurring as a natural phase of childhood development.
Definitions for echolalia
- The imitation by a baby of the vocal sounds produced by others, occurring as a natural phase of childhood development.
- Psychiatry. The uncontrollable and immediate repetition of words spoken by another person.
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Citations for echolalia
At the time when speech is being learned, there begins a period of echolalia in which the child repeats with tireless continuation all the words or sentences it hears; either completely, or else their closing cadences.
These "terrestrial echoes" where the "swamp's echolalia," according to Kiwi, who liked to make geography as pretentious as possible.
Origin of echolalia
Echolalia originates from two Greek roots: echo derived from the name of the mythic nymph Echo fabled to have pined herself away to nothing but her name, combined with lalia meaning "talk or prattle."