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The Funny Things They Say

Enjoying the turn of phrase One of the things that Nomi and I started doing a few years ago was record the funny things that Squeaker and Muffin would say. It began when we started writing down their first words; … Continue reading

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Muffin, Squeaker, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here

Scenes from a visit to the BU Child Language Lab. Originally published July 20, 2012 “Truck.” It seems strange to me today, but according to what my parents told me when I was in my teens, “truck” was my very … Continue reading

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The Hows and the Whys

Curious children Giving George a run for his monkey Originally published May 11, 2012 Ever since Muffin was about a year and a half old, her favorite word has been “why.” She wants to know why things are the way … Continue reading

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Language Explosion!

Sentences, abstractions, and other unexpected changes Originally Published October 28, 2011 When I , the girls were 19 months old and had vocabularies of about 60 words. Eight months later, boy, have things changed! Both girls have expanded their vocabularies … Continue reading

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Words Words Words

Language comes to those who wait. Originally published February 17, 2011 For me, one of the most frustrating things about newborns is not knowing what they want. They cry, and you go through the checklist: are they wet? (No.) Are they … Continue reading

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