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Re^2: "Baby" Perl versus "Bad" Perl

by Aristotle (Chancellor)
on Dec 28, 2005 at 13:07 UTC ( #519538=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: "Baby" Perl versus "Bad" Perl
in thread "Baby" Perl versus "Bad" Perl

FWIW, that progression is considered to be a bad idea. Children learn by imitation. Making noises and speaking in nonsense words to them certainly does not help them, and may actively set them back. You should start out right at stage 3 of your progression: correct use of language with simple grammatical constructs and vocabulary.

Itís no coincidence that this is also the way to help an immigrant learn the local langauge quickly: no pidgin, just speak a little slower so that they can follow.

(In fact, experience with parents teaching their babies sign language provides evidence that babies have linguistic skills pretty much from day one, long before they learn to speak. See some first-hand experiences.)

Makeshifts last the longest.


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Re^3: "Baby" Perl versus "Bad" Perl
by Your Mother (Canon) on May 31, 2008 at 05:40 UTC
    ...no pidgin, just speak a little slower so that they can follow.

    Damn straight. Reminds me of a quote-

    ...speaking with that omission of syntax stupid people employ when talking to drunken people or foreigners.

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