When I was younger, I always thought that it would be so much fun to have an identical twin. Why? Well, being a kid, I having an identical twin meant being able to play endless pranks on people and I also possessing some form of ESP… y’know, like telepathy. Or maybe a TV deal like the Olsen twins on Full House? Geez, I really miss the hijinx of the original Full House. Wait, what was I talking about? Oh yes, identical twins!
The truth is that while identical twins develop from a single fertilized egg and therefore have the same genome, environmental factors can result in the siblings growing up to be vastly different. But while they’re still young and likely sharing the same environment, some very interesting things can happen. For example, have you ever heard of “twin talk?”
Twin talk is also known as idioglossia. “Idioglossi-wha?” It’s not quite ESP but idioglossia is an autonomous language that is created and shared between twins. That’s right, twins can form their own lingo so that they can speak with each other before they learn a more formal language. In fact, according to one research study published in the journal of Institute of General Linguistics, about 40 per cent of twins make up their very own language.
Want to see this for yourself? In the video below, 3-month-old identical twins see each other and interact with each other for the very first time. The sounds that they make may sound like pure gibberish to us but it really does look like they’re beginning to learn how to communicate with each other. Plus, it’s totally adorable.
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