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

From:Michael H. <narivek@...>
Date:Saturday, January 25, 2003, 0:03
On Wed, 22 Jan 2003 22:43:53 -0800, Garth Wallace <gwalla@...>

>Andreas Johansson wrote: >> Bryan Maloney wrote: >> >>> --- In, Danny Wier <dawier@H...> wrote: >>> >>> >>> > That's another word that's common in many languages for "mother". (But >>> > |mama| is "father" in Georgian!) That is probably because "ma" might >>> be the >>> > easiest syllable to utter for an infant beginning to learn to speak. >>> >>> From my experience, "abba" and "adda" come before "mama". Drives my >>> wife nuts when all three of the kids were going >>> "dadadadadadadadadada!" long before they tried anything that sounded >>> like "mama". >>> >>> I also have a theory that all toddlers speak Klingon. >> >> >> Supposedly, the first word I learnt was _buss_ "bus". > >According to my parents, the first word I learned was "light" >(apparently referring specifically to electric lights, not the >phenomenon of light itself). I'd point at street lights and say it.
My first word was "bird" ... accordingly, at that time "Bambi" was my favorite movie, and Bambi's first word is "bir-duh" > "bird".