The international baby code conspiracy

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I have often asked groups of students what their very young siblings or children’s first word were. They are often shocked to find that, regardless of their first language, these babies are all saying words derivative of ‘mama’ and ‘papa’ as their first utterances.
What are all these babies doing? Where does this common language come from? Latin? Greek?
No, it comes out of babies. John McWhorter explains in this article originally published in the Atlantic.