Wednesday, December 21, 2005

A Talking Bagel

Bagel is finally, finally learning how to use words. And useful ones too, not just heart-tugging ones like "Jesus".

Surprisingly enough, he's also using two-word sentences, although sometimes it's hard to make out what the second word is. He says "want baba" when he's thirsty, and he says "[unintelligible] babyjesus" when he wants to look at the nativity set. He also says "ball" (which, amazingly, has the subtle vowel variation that distinguishes it from the "ba" in "baba").

Almost everything else he says, though, is still in Baby-Lonian. It has the rhythm of language, and you can tell by his intonation and gestures that he knows exactly what it's supposed to mean, but the sequence of phonemes makes no sense in English.