Saturday, 30 January 2010

Fun with Language (or Raising an "Anglo-Southern" Child)

Crumpet is just over 16 months old, and though she has been saying a handful of words for a few months now (most of them beginning with the letter "b"), it is amazing how much her language has developed in just the past couple of weeks. Water, chair and window are her new favorites. However, it isn't just her vocabulary that is expanding; her accent is also becoming more distinct. It's very amusing to see her point to Daddy's pint and explain, in a very British accent, "Beer!" Then, turning to Mummy's drink: "Tea!" But "tea" sounds more like "tay," confirming that we are not just raising an Anglo-American child, but, rather, an Anglo-Southern one.


Michelloui said...


My daughter is 12 and she still says 'mom' rather than 'mum' but thats all she says that sounds American. Seems like a fairly significant one though!

Expat mum said...

You should hear mine twanging away with their mid-west accents. The little guy actually pronounced "hat" with two syllables the other day. Sounded like "hee-at" and very nasal. Aarrgghh!