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January 19, 2015
Invented Words

There’s a difference between the time your child says his first word that’s an actual word (like “ball” or “car”) and the idiomorphs (word-like units) that many babies of around a year of age invent to refer to something close to them. Not all babies do it, but when they do, it’s a way for your child to assign meaning to an object (such as a “blankie” or “binkie”). You’ll know it’s an idiomorph when the “word” remains consistent in meaning.

 
 

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