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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Definitions for echolalia

  1. The imitation by a baby of the vocal sounds produced by others, occurring as a natural phase of childhood development.
  2. Psychiatry. The uncontrollable and immediate repetition of words spoken by another person.

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Citations for echolalia
At the time when speech is being learned, there begins a period of echolalia in which the child repeats with tireless continuation all the words or sentences it hears; either completely, or else their closing cadences. Kurt Koffka, The Growth of the Mind: An Introduction to Child Psychology
These "terrestrial echoes" where the "swamp's echolalia," according to Kiwi, who liked to make geography as pretentious as possible. Karen Russell, Swamplandia!
Origin of echolalia
1880-1885
Echolalia originates from two Greek roots: echo derived from the name of the mythic nymph Echo fabled to have pined herself away to nothing but her name, combined with lalia meaning "talk or prattle."