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A popular term for the quasi-random vocalisations by infants which precede language acquisition.

Babbling is intimately linked to the abstract structure of language and not–contrary to prevailing opinion–a concrete specific linguistic structure, as language acquisition in the profoundly deaf is not hindered by the lack of auditory and verbal signals, indeed deaf infants born to deaf parents produce a manual version of vocalisations–“man-bling”, in which similar–“phonology”, morphology, syntax and semantics languistic structures are acquired in the manual form

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