Skip to main content

Cryptophasia: Secret Language Of Twins

Twins
Cryptophasia is a phenomenon of a language developed by twins (identical or fraternal) that only the two children could understand. The word has its roots from crypto meaning secret and phasia meaning speech.  It has been reported that up to 50% of young twins will have their own twin language which they use to communicate only with each other and one that cannot be understood by others. "In all cases known, the language consists of imitation of the sound (for example 'meow' for a cat, 'Tic Tac' for clock, etc.), some coined term, word, or phrase, but for the greatest part of words from the adult language adapted to the constrained phonological possibilities of young children. These words being hardly recognizable, the language may turn out to be completely unintelligible to speakers of the parents' languages.

Twins and children from multiple births develop this ability, perhaps because of more interpersonal communication between themselves than with the parents, there is inadequate scientific proof to verify these claims. A delay in the phonological development of one or both twins is said to be a main cause of cryptophasia. Twins can develop the ability to communicate with one another without working within the grammar of their parents' language, thus possibly leading to a short-term delay in linguistic development of one or both twins.
June and Jennifer Gibbons, Barbadian-born Welsh twin sisters whose language was an example of cryptophasia and was exemplified by the twins' simultaneous actions, which often mirrored each other.

Extra Juice:
  • An onomatopoeia is a word that phonetically imitates, resembles or suggests the source of the sound that it describes. (Eg: meow)
  • A neologism is the name for a newly coined term, word, or phrase that may be in the process of entering common use, but that has not yet been accepted into mainstream language.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Musa Ingens - The Tallest Banana Plant in the World

W hen we hear the word “Banana,” it reminds us an edible fruit with tiny seed or seedless, grow on the banana plant (herb). Have you ever heard of Musa Ingens, the giant banana? It is a rare banana species that can reach surprising sizes.

When NASA’s Mars Mission Failed For Stupid Reason

A ll human beings make mistakes, and NASA is no exception. It is important to learn from this mistake that highlighted the importance of physical units and how they can affect our real life. This is the story of one of the failed mission of NASA.

The Death of Richard Parker And Cannibalism - Shipwreck Case (1884)

T he English yacht Mignonette was a 19.43 net tonnage, a 52-foot cruiser built in 1867. It was an inshore boat, not made for long voyages. In 1883, she was purchased as a leisure vessel by Australian lawyer John Henry Want. The yacht could only reasonably be transported to Australia by sailing, but she was a small vessel and the prospect of a 24,000-km voyage hampered Want's initial attempts to find a suitable crew. She finally set sail for Sydney from Southampton on 19 May 1884 with a crew of four: Tom Dudley, the captain; Edwin Stephens; Edmund Brooks; and Richard Parker, the cabin boy. Parker was 17 years old and an inexperienced seaman. O n 5 July, the yacht was running before a gale, around 2,600 km northwest of the Cape of Good Hope. Though the weather was by no means extreme and the vessel was not in any difficulties, Dudley gave the order to heave to so that the crew could enjoy a good night's sleep. As the manoeuvre was completed, and Parker was sent below to pr