Babies Cry in Their Parents' Language

Within 3 days, French, German infants wail differently
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2009 5:04 AM CST
Babies Cry in Their Parents' Language
He sounds just like his daddy!   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – It’s apparently possible for a baby to cry in French. Within three days of birth, babies begin to pick up the accent of their parents, according to a study. Researchers analyzed 60 newborns—half French, half German—and discovered that soon the French babies took on a specific cry, with a rising melody contour, while the German babies cried with a falling melody contour. The results seem to indicate that humans begin socially adapting from their earliest moments, reports. (Read more babies stories.)

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