Talking in tongues

13th November 2009 at 00:00

Newborn babies mimic the intonation of their native tongue when they cry, indicating that they begin to pick up the first elements of language in the womb, according to an article in Current Biology. The study, carried out in Germany, analysed the cries of 60 babies, half German- speaking and half French-speaking. But it was criticised by John Wells, a linguistics specialist at University College London, who said: "Biologists and medical people are always talking rubbish about language because they don't understand it."

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