I’ve been re-reading Steven Pinker’s Language Instinct on the advice of a couple of older parents. In it, Pinker describes the process by which babies of Salman’s age acquire language in it he describes:
arbitrary stages like Syllable Babbling, Gibberish Babbling, One-Word
Utterances and Two-word strings, the next stage would have to be called
all hell breaks loose.
Salman is somewhere between one-word utterances and two-word strings with a healthy dose of gibberish.
an amateur cognitive scientist (very, very amateur), it is a fabulous
process. To be able to witness the arrival of object permanence and
theory of mind. Charting the language acquisition is even more
A quick count of where we are in his 21st month
(corrected) follows: 58 words, including three he picked up this
weekend. (The three he picked up were cow (instead of moo), animal (or aminal, in reality) and please (he only said this thrice and now refuses to repeat); a number of two word phrases like ‘get down’ and ‘stand up’.
The full list, which I’ll now track as my contribution to the global hive mind, are:
po (from the teletubbies)
please (three times)