This paper refers to the role of proto-rhythms in future musical acquisition as basis for the birth of musical intelligence and language expression. It also analyzes the role of rhythm in the very early vocal expressions of newborn babies and of the relation with expressions uttered between their 22nd and 24th months of age. The work presents transcriptions in musical symbols from the 1st cry up to the expressions of the year of life. Proto-rhythms are described and analyzed as well as their importance in back-feeding them. I insist on the fundamental function of proto-rhythms as observed in the earliest sounds uttered by a child-no matter where the child is born. Proto-rhythms are genetically planned and should be stimulated by the parents and mothers to be should also be encouraged to create lullabies for their unborn babies. In each case bonding and affection are of utmost importance. Proto-rhythms are not just sounds, they are the basis for future intonated language. Through mass media communication parents should be aware of their meaning to understand the babies expressions much better. Some of the proto-rhythms remain in the colloquial language of the adult and perhaps play the role of linguistic fossils.
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