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babbling

a stage in speech development characterized by the production of strings of speech sounds in vocal play, such as "ba-ba-ba."

babbling

Quasi-random vocalisations by infants which precedes language acquisition. Babbling is intimately linked to the abstract structure of language and not—contrary to prevailing opinion—a concrete specific linguistic structure. For instance, language acquisition in the profoundly deaf is not hindered by the lack of auditory and verbal signals; deaf infants born to deaf parents produce a manual version of vocalisations (manual babbling, or “man-bling”), in which structures similar to linguistics (e.g., “phonology”, morphology, syntax and semantics) are acquired in the manual form.

babbling

Neurology Quasi-random vocalizations in infants that precede language acquisition. See Lalling stage.
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It was melancholy to reflect what Amy must have undergone from the excessive tediousness of his Society--wandering and babbling on, poor dear estimable creature, wandering and babbling on--if it had not been for the relief she had had in Mrs General.
I began well; and, but for babbling drabs, I would have finished as I began
She heard confusedly the busy, indifferent voices around her, and wished her mind could flow into that easy babbling current.
Skipper, beginning the babblings of delirium which alternated with silent moments of control in order to get below and under blankets, descended the ladder-like stairs, and Jerry, all-yearning, controlled himself in silence and watched the slow descent with the hope that when Skipper reached the bottom he would raise his arms and lift him down.
HAVING his first run for Willie Mullins, Babbling Stream should prove tough to beat in tomorrow's bumper in Cork, the Cork National November 1st (Pro-Am) Flat Race.
When parents listen and respond to babies' babbling, the infants start to form complex sounds faster, according to the study that observed 12 mothers and their infants during free play for half an hour at a time, twice a month, over a period of six months.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Infant vocalizations are primarily motivated by infants' ability to hear their own babbling, research shows.
Babbling Vagabonds plays the Lawrence Batley Theatre on March 22 with its enchanting story of The Brothers Grimm.
A new study carried out by two researchers from the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona analyses the temporary coordination between gestures and speech in babies during the very early stages of language development, from the babbling period until the production of their first words.
As infants start babbling at around age 6 months in preparation for talking, they shift from focusing on adults' eyes to paying special attention to speakers' mouths, a new study finds.
The happy babbling that entertains parents as their babies try to mimic speech turns out to have a parallel in the animal world.
This left the laads' leader, Babbling Brooks, with a heedache, as he knew if there were to be a two-way split of the coonty, him and the laads would be oot and not be leaders of a new Wansbeck and Blyth.