Request for examples of children's speech

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Tue Jul 12 03:26:48 UTC 2011

When I blog about such things (usually from my sons, but sometimes from
their classmates or friends), I put them in the "Darndest Things" category:


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From: "Arnold Zwicky" <zwicky at STANFORD.EDU>
Sent: Friday, July 08, 2011 12:56 PM
Subject: Re: Request for examples of children's speech

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> On Jul 8, 2011, at 9:10 AM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard wrote:
>>     I am presently compiling examples of children's misintepretations of
>> what they hear from adults,
>> e.g. (from a 3-year-old girl): "Our father, who art in heaven, Hollywood
>> [hallowed] be thy name," ...
> this is a very rich vein of material, of eggcornish reinterpretations of
> material that is opaque to children ("Gladly, the cross-eyed bear" and the
> like). On my blog not long ago, "reptile dysfunction":
> i'd be surprised if there weren't already collections on the net.
> arnold
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