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Re: Baby Babble Early Human Language?

From:Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...>
Date:Monday, May 1, 2000, 15:47
On 1 May, Barry Garcia wrote:

>Did any of you read this article, found here: > > >If, and when you do, what are your thoughts on it?
<LOL>!!! But then, again, upon sober reflection, <LOL> <GGGGGGG>! Sorry, I can't help myself! _That_ old chestnut is still making the rounds? It was laughed out of serious linguistics consideration back almost 30 years ago when I was learning linguistics! For those who haven't read it, I just did and the title says it all: "Did Early Humans Speak Baby Talk?" I realize that the article is a popular account of research. Still, I fail to see how universals in the linguistic development of human babies in our time has anything to say about the language of early human adults: it has little enough to say about the langs _we_ all speak as adults and we're contemporary with said babies! Actually, I loved the concluding sentence: "Instead, he says, speech evolution was likely an organic process -- that like babies, early humans fiddled with their mouths until, inevitably, words came out." Sounds sort of like conlanging, no? :-D Dan Sulani -------------------------------------------------------------------- likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a. A word is an awesome thing.