How to be more excellent to each other--and yourself
Friday, October 30, 2009
An argument in favor of a "language organ"? Who knows
T-Rex seems to think that this language thing is about egoism, and I'm really not so sure about that. My reasoning is thus: it is important for a child to be able to talk to its parents, or get their attention. If the "ba", "pa", and "ma" sounds are some of the first a child makes, it then makes it convenient to use those sounds to form the words for the parents.
In a similar vein, there are parents in the United States who are teaching their children a rudimentary form of sign language so that they can communicate their needs using words they might not be able to pronounce with their mouth. The more eXtreme form of this is a method of early potty training that starts from the day the child is born. It requires having someone with the child 24/7 for about the first three months of its life, in order to get them to the toilet when they need to go. The child is, as soon as possible, taught to give a hand gesture when it needs to use the toilet. The benefit to this is never having to change any diapers, but the difficult of doing that can make a parent wonder if it's worth it. Because how many times is that baby going to shit all over your house? Several times, if not many.