Naturally most of us find twins to be pretty interesting. Just imagine what it would be like to have another person that looks just like you around all the time. Like looking in a mirror but it’s not actually you.
In a recent report from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are more twins being born in America now than ever before (an increase of over 70% in the past 30 years). Watch these two identical twin girls who are just realizing that they can hold hands and talk to each other as well!
Oh, hello there.
Idioglossia is a gibberish and autonomous language is very often shared between twins. Forty percent of twins create their own languages, according to research published in the journal Institute of General Linguistics. Researchers believe that siblings who are very close to each other (they don’t even have to be twins necessarily) sometimes use each other as models for applying meaning to sounds and learning vocabulary. Their verbiage can be complete nonsense, but they invent a language on their own that only they can understand. Their vocabulary expands as they grow and is fully developed usually by around the time they are 5 years old, but not always. As their native language grows, there is less need for a “made up” language, but they never truly lose that initial Idioglossia. Denise and Heather Allan (who are identical twins!) write in their book, Twin Connections: Stories That Celebrate the Mysterious Bond Behind Twins,
“We speak to each other in a language no one else can understand, nor can we enlighten them. We didn’t realize this until we were 6 or 7 years old when someone pointed it out.”
Twins actually get a head start with their invented communication even before they are born. A University of Padova study in Italy recently investigated 3D ultrasound videos of 5 different sets of twins while they were still in the womb. At 14 weeks old, the researchers noticed that the pairs (still in their fetuses) would reach out to each other, touching arm to head and arm to arm. By 18 weeks, they touched each other more often and were made physical contact with each other around about 30% of the time. They also exhibited signs of being extra gentle when touching around their siblings’ eyes. No doubt, twins are a beautiful phenomenon, and like the two shown here, share an unbreakable bond.