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23 May 2011

Infants' cries may predict later language development

Babies whose cries lacked complexity at 2 months more likely to have language delays at age 2, study suggests

Babies whose cries lacked complexity at 2 months more likely to have language delays at age 2, study suggests

In infants, a "simple cry melody" consists of a single rising and then falling arc, according to researchers. As children age, their cries become more complex. The ability to intentionally segment melodies by brief pauses, for example, eventually leads to syllable production.

 
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