New research shows that babies cry in their native tongue and that their language development may begin while they are still in the womb. Because “music and language might have co-evoloved” scientists believe there may be a possible link between language development and melody.
A study measuring melody patterns of French and German babies show that “French newborns tend to cry with rising melody patterns, slowly increasing in pitch from the beginning to the end, whereas German newborns seem to prefer falling melody patterns, findings that are both consistent with differences between the languages.”
Kathleen Wermke of the University of Wurzburg believes the child imitates the mother in order “to attract her and hence to foster a bonding.”
So, the next time your newly born infant cries it’s because he or she wants to bond with his or her mommy!