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Published on: April 1, 2011 10:05 AM
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Twin brothers Sam and Ren, 18 months old, appear to be talking to each other in a video that has gone viral since it was posted to YouTube in February.Twin brothers Sam and Ren, 18 months old, appear to be talking to each other in a video that has gone viral since it was posted to YouTube in February.

New York - A viral video of two diaper-clad babies babbling in the kitchen has people wondering what the tots are talking about.

Eighteen-month-old fraternal twin boys Sam and Ren appear to be having a grown-up conversation complete with questions, answers, facial expressions and gestures—even the odd laugh. But they aren’t speaking English.

“These kids are right on the cusp of language,” said Stephen Camarata, professor of hearing and speech Sciences at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center in Nashville Tenn.

Instead of producing words, the boys are making different sounds in the tone and rhythm of speech.

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“They’re using the intonation patterns of sentences—imitating sentences in a crude way,” Camarata said. “It’s one way that children learn how to talk.”

“Even before they have words, they know how conversation works,” said Dr. Roberta Golinkoff, education professor and director of the infant language project at the University of Delaware in Newark.

“They’re producing syllables emphatically and using them for communication purposes,” she said. “They’re having a ball.”

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 Apr 01, 2011 at 10:28 AM Anonymous Says:

big deal. Most kids do this. Thing is that in america kids are a novelty

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 Apr 01, 2011 at 10:35 AM shvigger Says:

"They’re producing syllables emphatically and using them for communication purposes,” she said. “They’re having a ball.” "

Wow! It takes a college degree to figure this out.

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 Apr 01, 2011 at 10:43 AM Anonymous Says:

This is to cute for words!

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 Apr 01, 2011 at 10:58 AM Babishka Says:

They're so cute!

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 Apr 01, 2011 at 11:19 AM ChachoMoe Says:

Reply to #2  
shvigger Says:

"They’re producing syllables emphatically and using them for communication purposes,” she said. “They’re having a ball.” "

Wow! It takes a college degree to figure this out.

I hope you realize; its not only a 'college degree' we are speaking about. Its an official director of whatever title professor her research division consisting of has. Imagine,these analysis costs and get paid hundreds n' thousands of taxpayers $!

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 Apr 01, 2011 at 11:56 AM Leroy1 Says:

They clearly are communicating. Its not merely babbling. Their eyes are locked on each other and their gestures are reciprocated in kind. Almost mind boggling.

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 Apr 01, 2011 at 12:16 PM Not as cute as my grandchildren Says:

They're cute but, all they're saying is da da da da da etc. nothing like my twin grandchildren, who at 9 months have a much more varied vocabularly!

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 Apr 01, 2011 at 12:29 PM MordyS Says:

I saw this video on Jimmy Kimmel...One of the best baby videos of all time

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 Apr 01, 2011 at 01:17 PM X Says:

I watched the video and its clear that all they are doing is making sounds and motions and entertaining each other. This cant be called communication as they do not appear to understand each other at all.

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 Apr 01, 2011 at 02:24 PM Much Ado About Nothing Says:

If you watch is carefully all they are doing is mimicking each other, nothing more.

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 Apr 01, 2011 at 02:25 PM Anonymous Says:

What are they doing so close to the oven, stove, and other major appliances? Very dangereous indeed.

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 Apr 01, 2011 at 02:02 PM The_Truth Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

big deal. Most kids do this. Thing is that in america kids are a novelty

Thing is, coherent conversation in America is a novelty!

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 Apr 01, 2011 at 05:06 PM Memories Says:

One of them sounds just like my ex-husband. He never made any sense either.

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 Apr 01, 2011 at 06:18 PM BruceS Says:

Reply to #13  
Memories Says:

One of them sounds just like my ex-husband. He never made any sense either.

#13 You sound like my ex-wife who never listened.

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 Apr 02, 2011 at 06:13 AM Normal Says:

#13 #14 You sound like my mother-in-law, always complaining.

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 Apr 02, 2011 at 11:50 PM MonseyMom2 Says:

I laughed so hard my eyes are tearing!!!! I think the first kid is trying to find his missing sock, and then it looks like they're working on a business deal. Look at the body language! "No Way!" "This much" "Higher!" "I'm not budging." Anyway, they must've inherited smart genes form the mother- she saves a lot of $ by buying Target diapers. They were the same as the brand names that cost 1.5- 2 times as much.

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 Apr 03, 2011 at 12:35 PM Ann Marie Says:

13, 14, and 15, you sound like a pack of women sharing their labor and delivery horror stories - so busy trying to get sympathy for you own stories and woes that you have long since lost track about what the original conversation was about.

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 Apr 03, 2011 at 01:54 PM Mr&Mrs; AmHaAretz Says:

Heard that someone suggested a nomination for best foreign language film... absolutely we agree!

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 Apr 04, 2011 at 10:34 AM Anonymous Says:

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ChachoMoe Says:

I hope you realize; its not only a 'college degree' we are speaking about. Its an official director of whatever title professor her research division consisting of has. Imagine,these analysis costs and get paid hundreds n' thousands of taxpayers $!

not nice to look in someones parnassa. don't be jealous of someones education.please be nice to others.. better psycologists than another- OMG rabbi!!! may6be nthe shrink can help you with your tzurris!?!don't be so quick to be miserable. try keeping your negative thoughts to yourself. JUST WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO HELP SOCIETY AS A WHOLE?

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 Apr 04, 2011 at 10:38 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
Memories Says:

One of them sounds just like my ex-husband. He never made any sense either.

reminds me of the old proverb... "why do Jewish men die before their wife? because they want to"...... you're a fool for posting that ignorant comment.

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