A New Language

Tonight, while Yung is down with pink eye that has turned into a sty, I settled into the chair to give Lily her bottle. As she climbed into my lap, she was rhyming nonsense words, just having fun saying words and having me repeat them.

We decided that *mickle luh bà* was “Please give me the bottle” and I then thought that *Tick uh hà* might be “Here it is, if you please.” As she drank, I wondered if the à sound in Lilian — with *à* sounding somewhere between the a in bath and hah — could possibly be a phoneme added to a sentence to indicate that one was being polite.