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Is "ma" Proto-World? (Re: Re: Comparison ofphilosophical languages)

From:Florian Rivoal <florian@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 22, 2003, 16:50
>I don't know what comes first, but since when do we derive our words from >babies' babbling anyway? I mean, what happens in Georgia? The babies may >blurt out "mama" or "abba," but the mom's gotta be saying "That's nice, but >you've still gotta learn that I'm 'deda.'" Why would any other language have >abandoned their words for baby-speak? Or maybe the idea is that one time, at >the very beginning of language, words were determined by babies, and a few of >these words happened to be remarkably stable through the millenia.
I do believe that parents are so much convinced that the first think a baby is going to say is something meaning mother (or maybe father), that "ma" was taken, and standardized this way, even if the first times a baby says it, it does not yet have a meaning for him.