Monday, May 25, 2009


Auletta is starting to use more recognizable English words. Yay! Here is what we have so far:

-Ball, cup, baby, and boo! as previously established (cup has morphed into "cuppy," maybe a conflation of cup and sippy?)
-"Bo-bo" or something like that for "belly button," to which we sometimes refer as "bee-bo" as per The Belly Button Book, which you must read
-Nose (pronounced "no," usually)
-Phone (pronounced "po")
-A fricative "ch" sound for "duck" (her version of "quack")
-In answer to "What does a lion say?": Roh!
-In answer to "What does a bee say?": Bizz
-Uh-oh! (which she learned from one of her toddler friends)
-Some approximation of "up," "down," "dog," "bird," and probably others I don't recognize yet

She also refers to every letter of the alphabet as "A!" I went to much effort to teach her to say A and eye, both of which she first pronounced as "eee," which is understandable because A and eye are both diphthongs and probably harder to pronounce. Now she pronounces both with great precision. Lacking subtlety, she also pokes us in the eye a lot.

1 comment:

Deanna said...

My word, I hadn't even thought about half of those terms since lingustics in my senior year at UW.

JT's new word is "poor" - as in "Poor Mommy. Poor Daddy." He's feeling sorry for us a lot recently. We were playing "Star Trek Scene It!" this weekend with the group, and every time the schematic of the Enterprise disappeared from the main menu, JT would sigh and say "Poor rocketship." I kept telling him it was a starship - after all, we must be correct little nerds. :)