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R: Re: Baby Babble Early Human Language?

From:Mangiat <mangiat@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 3, 2000, 18:46
Ed wrote:

> I sympathize with and agree with the proposition that, contra Chomsky, > language evolution was not a single sudden leap from no language to > English, but I think that some really silly statements are made in the > article, such as that certain words mean the same thing in every > language, and so on.
I know I'm only 16 and I don't have a deep linguistic knowledge, but let me say this: I've been laughing for a long time after I read that article, but I think there's something possible. I *think* the syllabic structure had to be easy, and that's not possible cave-men's first word was something as difficult to pronounce as German Bundesverfassungsgericht (wow! I've been able to write it!), with the stress on the first syllable. The simplest sounds to pronounce are, IMVeryHO, 'm' and the vowel 'a', which are also the first sounds a baby pronounce in words as 'mummy' /mam:i/; perhaps primitives used a syllabic structure as simple as in this exemple. Luca