September 23, 2007

Update on Kyla’s linguistic development

Posted in Language Development at 3:16 pm by Transmuter

Ok, as someone who purposed to chronicle his daughter’s linguistic development I’m really doing quite poorly. I mean, the whole point was to provide a detailed report on Kyla as she’s learning English. Doing summaries like I have been makes the reports far less detailed, not to mention I have a horrible memory and I’ve no doubt forgotten all sorts of interesting things.

Anyway, Kyla is a very verbal child. Anecdotally, she is far more verbal than other children her age that we know. She will often babble happily while she plays, which I assume is her rendition of “adult speech”. However, she is constantly learning more new words and is now able to form 4 word sentences, usually requests ending in “please”. (I’m so glad we taught her to say please early on!) For example, she might say “Daddy up chair please”, meaning she wants me to pick her up and put her in her high chair. Her vocabulary is now too large to list easily, and she frequently uses and combines words in creative ways.

As a side note, Kyla seems to have entered the “terrible twos” a couple months early. She recently started throwing tantrums when she is unhappy. This usually happens when she doesn’t want to leave somewhere or we take something away from her that she wants to keep holding. It also happens out of the blue when she is tired. It always happens when we try to put her to bed for a nap. She used to be so good at taking naps! Well, at least she’s still very good natured (and adorable) for the most part.

June 23, 2006

The First 7 Months

Posted in Language Development at 11:35 am by Transmuter

I had been meaning to start this blog several months ago, but never got around to it until school got out for the summer. Now I will try to recap my daughter Kyla's language development during the first seven months of her life.

As a newborn she was only able to cry when unhappy, and was generally silent otherwise. At some point (see why I need to write these things down when they happen?) she began to make cooing noises, primarily vowel sounds. These were not distinct vowels, though. I would just say they were [+sonorant] noises.

Her first consonant was [b], at around 4 months (I think). She coupled this with a low front vowel, which generally ranged around [a] and [æ] (the vowel sound in "at"). So she would say things like [bababæbæbæba].

Her next consonant was [d] at around 5 months, which I enjoyed because she would say [dædæ]. I know that she was just babbling and didn't associate the sounds to me, but it made me feel happy as a new dad to hear her say it. Interestingly, when she learned to produce [d] she stopped producing the [b]. She would also devoice the vowels and add glottal fricatives, saying [dæhdæh] in kind of a loud, breathy, whisper-like manner.

Around the same time she learned to make raspberries. I'd say they were bilabial trills, but she tightened her lips much more than necessary, so instead of a "motorboat" sound it came out as a "fart" noise.

Both the [d] sound and the raspberries stopped when she learned the [m] sound. Now it was her mother's turn to be happy when she said [mama]. Generally she would draw out the [m] of [mamama], as if she was just pronouncinga long [m] and occasionally opening her mouth.

As of now (7 months), Kyla has rediscovered the [d] and raspberries. She also says [m], but I haven't heard her say [b] in quite a while. She has her two lower incisors in, and I expect more to arrive in the coming months.