The Adamic Language 1: Baby Talk

Imagine if a bunch of babies were raised by robots that don’t talk to them. Children raised without language input generally fail to learn to speak (and develop crippling psychological problems, if they survive at all), but if many babies are raised around each other, might their babbling be enough to create a language? According to the stuff I’ve read, the answer is yes.

Let’s call this language “Adamic.”


Infant babbling gives us a clue as to what sounds these Adamics would have to work with:
p/b, t/d, k/g, m, n, s, h, w, y, a, u (I added the vowels based on crying and cooing)

That matches up pretty well with the 10 most common phonemes across languages:
p/b, k/g, m, N(as in siNG), h, w, j, a, u, i

So conservatively, the Adamics start out with a sound repertoire of
p, k, m, n, h, w, y, a, u, i

Again mimicking infants, these phonemes are uttered in a strict Consonant-Vowel pattern, often reduplicated.
ex. mamama, papa, kiki

That’s a very small number of phonemes, but remember that’s just what the Adamics are starting with. They’ll generate more soon. Now on to…vocabulary

This entry was posted in Blog and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.