Idioglossia Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the condition of idioglossia, the use of incomprehensible language by twins.
# 148539 | 1,428 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 27, 2011 in Communication (Language and Speech)

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The paper explains idioglossia as the made-up languages of twins that only they can comprehend. The paper explains that despite the early 20th century depiction of idioglossia as a disease of those children with mental disabilities, in the large majority of cases, twin language is an ordinary development. The paper includes one mother's story and discusses interventions to assist the development of children's speech.

One Mom's Story
Can Anything Help?

From the Paper:

"For instance: Charlie has a hard time making certain sounds. Twin Carl can articulate those sounds, but instead he mimics the way Charlie speaks. They keep talking this way for some period of time, and understand what each other is saying. But, of course, it sounds like gobbledygook to a parent or other sibling.
"But how does this happen? Deferred speech is usually, though not always, related to low birth weight and premature births. Almost 60 percent of twins are born premature. And the length of pregnancy decreases with each additional baby. A normal single-birth pregnancy lasts 39 weeks. For twins that number goes down to 36 weeks."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bakker, P. "Autonomous Languages of Twins." Acta Genet Med Gemellol (English) (1987): 233-238.
  • Goodhart, J. and G. Still. The Diseases of Children. J. A. Churchill, 1905.
  • Neer, Katherine. "How Twins Work." n.d. 7 May 2009 <>.
  • Thomas, Joy. Idioglossia: A Review and Some Observations. Information Analysis - Research. ERIC database: Accession #: ED252287, 1979.
  • "Twin Language Uncovered." 2007. Twin-Pregnancy-and-Beyond. 8 May 2009 <>.

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