The [Former] Blog Ian

Sunday, September 25, 2005

The Linguistics of Ian

The acquisition of language is a fascinating thing. Of course, Ian's been soaking up new vocabulary like a sponge. We initially noted this in a 25 April 2005 blog entry, but lately Ian's learning of new words and phrases has really accelerated. Plus, he's started stringing words together into primitive sentences. This language acceleration led Marysia to start writing down words as he's learned them.

Not long after I arrived here in Krakow (yes, I've been here three days!), Marysia showed me the list. My first thought: cool! My second thought: some of these need to be recorded in Blog Ian.

As of 25 August:

boat in the water
thank you
I draw more?
Where'd it go?
shoe on
Be [right] back.

As of 26 August:

I kick rock.
I go.
please

As of 29 August:

bike
new shoes

As of 31 August:

stuck
Wala [his babysitter in Poland]

As of 30 August:

Baby get ball.
yes [!]

As of 31 August:

I hit Mama. [!]
rice
me
whoa
home
TV
Ian [!]
work
play
pee

As of 5 September:

I dump water.
poop

As of 9 September:

[put] block away [!]
I eat nut.
More nut.
dump truck [a current favorite]
cement truck
read book
stop
wow [!]

As of 13 September:

Mama['s] tea

As of 15 September:

backpack
Bring help. [! This comes from a book about boats. It has a picture of a rescue boat that "brings help."]
tree

As of 18 September:

barbeque [proof positive that he is my son! And perhaps his first three-syllable word.]
drink
cup
train track

As of 24 September:

dice
sit down
frog
mountain
[good] night
bumble bee
lady bug
this [or] that? [this seems like a particularly complicated concept]

We'll add more to this list as Ian progresses...

As of 22 October:

Mama hot tea
cow jump moon (from the book, Goodnight Moon, which has a picture of the cow jumping over the moon)
water wheel
off (he's said on for months, but now finally says off, too).