There is something to be said for ma and pa as the words that come easiest to children.
This is wonderfully explained.
children are trying to speak, and in fact linguists are pretty sure they are not. Babbling
appears t o be no more than a way of experimenting with the vocal tract, and babbled
sounds like mama and dada are not intended as meaningful utterances. But the parents
think otherwise: they are sure little Jennifer is trying to talk.
But what is Jennifer trying to say? This is not obvious, and in fact the fond
parents can only guess what Jennifer means to say. And what guess does Mother come
up with? Does she guess that little Jenny is trying to say 'banana'? Or 'telephone'? Or
'go away'? No. In almost eve ry case, Mother concludes that little Jenny is trying to say