Skip to comments.Diet-induced changes favor innovation in speech sounds
Posted on 03/17/2019 11:36:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Diet-induced changes in the human bite resulted in new sounds such as "f" in languages all over the world, a study by an international team led by researchers at the University of Zurich has shown. The findings contradict the theory that the range of human sounds has remained fixed throughout human history.
Human speech is incredibly diverse, ranging from ubiquitous sounds like "m" and "a" to the rare click consonants in some languages of Southern Africa. This range of sounds is generally thought to have been established with the emergence of the Homo sapiens around 300,000 years ago. A study by an international group headed up by scientists at the University of Zurich and involving researchers at two Max Planck Institutes, the University of Lyon and Nanyang Technological University Singapore now sheds new light on the evolution of spoken language. The study shows that sounds such as "f" and "v", both common in many modern languages, are a relatively recent development that was brought about by diet-induced changes in the human bite.
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Why the “rimshot”?
The study shows that sounds such as "f" and "v...
I thought you'd get this one. :^)
I'm not sayin' it's a *great* joke...
I read the article, but it really doesn't have much in the way of any substanch to say at all.
Though I thought that you pinged me because it had something to say about the genetic group we are both interested in, re examples of language changes/commonality.
Send me a FRmail...I’m lost.
Bort! Bort! Bort!
Heh... that one was childish but at least it was funny at the time.
The Neandertal Enigma"Frayer's own reading of the record reveals a number of overlooked traits that clearly and specifically link the Neandertals to the Cro-Magnons. One such trait is the shape of the opening of the nerve canal in the lower jaw, a spot where dentists often give a pain-blocking injection. In many Neandertal, the upper portion of the opening is covered by a broad bony ridge, a curious feature also carried by a significant number of Cro-Magnons. But none of the alleged 'ancestors of us all' fossils from Africa have it, and it is extremely rare in modern people outside Europe." [pp 126-127]
by James Shreeve
in local libraries
Ahhhhhhh....Good Old GRANT MONEY
I was first trained as an economist at an Ivy League School, and on that level I can see how it makes perfect sense simply by reading the excerpt and using my imagination to come up with an assumption or two.
I then studied Thomistic-Aristotelian Philosophy at a Seminary, learned the difference between a good and a bad argument, and on that level, I’m with you engineers in terms of demanding proof.
That said, I am extremely skeptical about your claim that this study ranks at the top of the piles of crap. There are enough studies that not only have no evidence to support, but ignore all the evidence that ought to be considered because it goes against that I’d think one of those must rank higher.
While I am very dubious about proof, this may be defensible as a theory.
Why do I keep seeing the word "covfefe" in my mind...
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