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  1. Why Do Babies Around The World Say “Mama”?

    Mother, maman, mommy, amma, mama, em, mum, mamma, mutter, mare, maty, ana …¬†Across languages an uncanny pattern appears for the word mother. Why? Is it evidence of universal language? Is this evidence of sound symbolism at work, which is a phoneme (sound) that has meaning completely unto itself? If you’re a linguist, baby talk is not just a cute but meaningless language used with infants. …