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Hobbits spoke ?

From:Rodlox <rodlox@...>
Date:Thursday, October 28, 2004, 18:30
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From: Chris Bates <chris.maths_student@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2004 6:14 PM
Subject: Re: Hobbits spoke Indonesian!

> Rodlox wrote:
> > according to recent archeological discoveries, it is now known that > > Hobbits existed in, which language do you think they'd > > have known? :)
> The common tongue of course! No... they did find some simple tools with > them and are suggested that despite their brain size (grapefruit sized > apparently) they did use tools. But language is another matter, and I'm > not sure language on our level is possible with a brain the size of a > monkey's. Some language perhaps, but I wouldn't expect anything as > complex as a natural language that's spoken by homo sapiens if I > travelled back in time. :)
13,000 years...homo sapiens coexisted with them for a time, yes? and these "Hobbits" are members of our genus. (or, collective-yours, at least...(why else do you think I have such trouble with Human languages?)). although, to be honest, when I make an /m/, /mmmmm/, /good/ /cake/ resonates in my throat and the back of my mouth. is that connected to the placement of my voice box? and would these "Hobbits" and Neandertals have spoken more in their throats or with the fronts of their mouths (principally dental sounds), given their voice box placement? just wondering.


Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>