Child abuse, or most awesome dad ever?
As much as I want my son to learn a second or third language, I don’t think I would have ever thought to have used my child as a science experiment. d’Armond Speers decided he would teach his son to speak Klingon, and total immersion was the only way to do it.Â For the first three years of his son’s life, the only language d’Armond spoke around the boy was Klingon.
“I was interested in the question of whether my son, going through his first language acquisition process, would acquire it like any human language,” Speers told the Minnesota Daily. “He was definitely starting to learn it.”
d’Armond does have a doctorate in computational linguistics, and it should be pointed out he did this “experiment” 15 years ago (which probably helped his doctoral research).Â Regardless, the boy did learn bits of the Klingon language, but now speaks normally to communicate effectively with other children.Â My guess is he discovered girls don’t like jibber-jabber, and switched to the smooth vocal stylings of Barry White.