My friend Kim works in a childcare centre and on the weekend she told me about an unusual four year old she takes care of. He’s unusual because he speaks using only vowels.
Intellectually, his development is on par with other children his age and he’s in speech therapy to learn how to speak using both consonants and vowels. I think it’s quite fascinating how children develop and process learning. What happened in this child’s brain to block the use of consonants?
In his honour, here is an all-vowel poem from the island of Protocosmo:
Ooo! I ee a ooaa.
(Translation: A rising sun / A river / One pine tree / Ooo! I eye a bird!) – courtesy of The Dictionary of All-Vowel Words