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27th Mar '17 11:45:14 PM Unicorndance
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Often in fiction, babies who can't talk yet are treated as having their own esoteric language, similar to AnimalTalk. Adults can't hope to understand this language without magic or phlebotinum, yet it's usually understood by all babies regardless of national origin. Usually this will be the center of the plot for that particular story, although it may occasionally be used as a throwaway joke.

Whether the babies have an intelligence to match their language varies greatly. In some works it may just be a cute-sy version of HulkSpeak. In others the babies may in fact be geniuses, and unable to share their brilliance with the world -- [[LaserGuidedAmnesia what a shame they forget it as soon as they begin to actually communicate]]. In others the children seem to be relatively intelligent, but with poor decision skills and naivety, making them less capable. This last one is usually the most successful, but any of these forms can result in awkwardness if not handled well.

Creepily, this might have an element of TruthInTelevision. Studies show that babies actually understand far more words than they’re actually able to speak because they’re so uncoordinated. It's called passive vocabulary. So for the first few years of life, it's very similar to communicating with the more intelligent pet animals.

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Often in fiction, babies who can't talk yet are treated as having their own esoteric language, similar to AnimalTalk. Adults can't hope to understand this language without magic or phlebotinum, yet it's usually understood by all babies regardless of national origin. Usually Usually, this will be the center of the plot for that particular story, although it may occasionally be used as a throwaway joke.

Whether the babies have an intelligence to match their language varies greatly. In some works works, it may just be a cute-sy cutesy version of HulkSpeak. In others others, the babies may may, in fact be geniuses, [[ChildProdigy geniuses]], and unable to share their brilliance with the world -- [[LaserGuidedAmnesia what a shame they forget it as soon as they begin to actually communicate]]. In others others, the children seem to be relatively intelligent, but with poor decision skills and naivety, making them less capable. This last one is usually the most successful, but any of these forms can result in awkwardness if not handled well.

Creepily, this might have an element of TruthInTelevision. Studies show that babies actually understand far more words than they’re actually able to speak because they’re so uncoordinated. It's called passive vocabulary. So for the first few years of life, it's very similar to communicating with the more intelligent pet animals. \n However, there is no universal "baby language" that babies can use to communicate with each other.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' is an interesting case in that three-year-olds like Angelica and Suzie can talk with the baby characters as well as with the adults.
* Kate from ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' did this. However, she could talk to Pal, the dog, implying that her BabyLanguage was on the same level as AnimalTalk.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' is an interesting case in that three-year-olds like Angelica [[SpoiledBrat Angelica]] and Suzie [[TheRival Su]][[TheConfidant zie]] can talk with the baby characters as well as with the adults.
adults. There's also Dil, who's three months old and can't be understood by the babies except for when he says occasional words like "Mine" or "Poopy".
* Kate from ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' did this. However, she could also talk to Pal, the dog, implying that her BabyLanguage Baby Language was on the same level as AnimalTalk.
27th Jan '17 9:39:39 PM Psychadelico
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* Babies also have a tendency to use words in idiosyncratic ways (eg: "mama" for "all women or people wearing skirts") or even make up words of their own. Obviously, these [[PersonalDictionary personal languages]] are eventually phased out and/or normalized over time.
24th Dec '16 11:03:08 AM Origin
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*** At the end of the episode that all changes. (Also, despite the Doctor's efforts to seem like he never appeared, Alfie's first actual spoken English word is Doctor.)

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\n*** ** At the end of the episode that all changes. (Also, despite the Doctor's efforts to seem like he never appeared, Alfie's first actual spoken English word is Doctor.)
24th Dec '16 11:02:38 AM Origin
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** Back once again in the episode "Closing Time", where the Doctor spends much of the episode translating a baby for his father, Craig. Incidentally, the baby calls Craig and the Doctor 'Not Mum', everyone else Peasants and himself "[[DeathbringerTheAdorable Stormageddon]], [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dark Lord Of All]]."

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** Back once again in Proving that he can ''indeed'' speak baby is the episode "Closing Time", where the Doctor spends much of the episode translating a baby for his father, Craig. Incidentally, Craig.
-->'''Craig:''' He's called Alfie.\\
'''Alfie:''' ''*babbling which can be heard in between
the baby calls Craig and the Doctor 'Not Mum', everyone else Peasants and himself conversation*''\\
'''The Doctor:''' Yes, he likes that; "Alfie". Though, personally, he prefers to be called
"[[DeathbringerTheAdorable Stormageddon]], [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dark Lord Of All]]." All]]".\\
'''Craig:''' Sorry, ''what?!''\\
'''The Doctor:''' That's what he calls himself.\\
'''Craig:''' How'd you know that?\\
'''The Doctor:''' I speak Baby.\\
...\\
'''The Doctor:''' No! He's your dad! You can't just call him ''"Not Mum"''!\\
'''Craig:''' Not Mum?!\\
'''The Doctor:''' That's you. ''"Also Not Mum"''; that's me. And everybody else is...\\
'''Alfie:''' ''*babbles*''\\
'''The Doctor:''' ...''"Peasants"''. That's unfortunate.
21st Dec '16 2:08:02 PM Xtifr
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* ''LookWhosTalking'' had some of this.

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* ''LookWhosTalking'' ''Film/LookWhosTalking'' had some of this.
1st Oct '16 6:38:42 PM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* Throughout the ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' episode, "[[Recap/TheLoudHouseS1E26StudyMuffinHomespun Homespun]]", Lincoln and his sisters worry about their run-down house being destroyed by a tornado during a warning, so they all share their favorite memories of the house to learn to appreciate what they have. When it's one-year-old Lily's turn to share her favorite memory, Luan serves as her translator.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter'' episode, "The Legend of Ponce de L'Otter", when the Otter kids need an idea on how to retrieve Ponce de L'Otter's lost telescope from the bottom of Lake Hoohaw, Baby Butter has an idea. However, because she can't really talk yet, her idea, which involves her using her diaper to absorb the water of the lake, is shown in an ImagineSpot. Unfortunately, because Peanut and Jelly are a few years older than her, they are unable to understand her.
20th Aug '16 8:35:31 PM Sharlee
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** Returns again in "The Girl Who Died", when the Twelfth Doctor translates a Viking baby's worries. Unlike the previous occasions, it's played for drama, not laughs.
28th Apr '16 11:02:20 AM TVRulezAgain
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* In ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', toddler Sunny spoke in subtitled gibberish. Her speech was translated in the books.
* Apparently, in ''DiaryOfAWimpyKid,'' Manny knows several toddler slang terms. The only one we hear is "Ploopy," which Manny apparently considers quite offensive.

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* In ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', toddler Sunny spoke in subtitled gibberish. Her speech was translated in the books.
* Apparently, in ''DiaryOfAWimpyKid,'' ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid,'' Manny knows several toddler slang terms. The only one we hear is "Ploopy," which Manny apparently considers quite offensive.
18th Nov '15 4:28:28 PM eroock
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-->--''Series/DoctorWho'', "Closing Time"

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-->--''Series/DoctorWho'', -->-- ''Series/DoctorWho'', "Closing Time"
30th Oct '15 4:19:03 PM F1Krazy
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* This is one of the hallmarks of ''Webcomic/{{Kurami}}''; the titular infant's "speech" consists solely of "gek gek" and variations thereof.
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