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Re: Why grammar is so complex a subject

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Thursday, January 5, 2006, 2:18
Benct Philip Jonsson wrote:

> R A Brown skrev: > >> But I suspect we shall not agree on this, and without time-travel it >> is really impossible to know what the first loquent hominids did sound >> like. > > > see <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neanderthal#Language>
I don't see how, even without the hyoid evidence, "no language" would be a natural conclusion. Language doesn't require sound, after all, it's quite possible to imagine the Neandertals communicating with sign language. And besides which, plenty of human languages get by on a very restricted range of sounds, Rotokas having only 11 phonemes. And even if the _range_ of sounds was limited, they could've extended it via things like length or tone, or maybe even through combining sound and gesture.