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How Complex Was Neanderthal Speech?

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 03:22 PM

Unlike pottery shards, arrowhead flints, and cave paintings, language does not leave an archaeological trace that can be uncovered by intrepid linguists bearing bullwhips. That makes anything we say about early human speech and language very speculative.


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Posted 28 September 2013 - 03:59 PM

I read an interesting article (I'm not sure where now) quite some time ago regarding Neanderthal speech relating to their physiology, which suggested they were less "left brain/right brain" thinkers than H. sapiens and more "whole brain" thinkers. Additionally, their vocal apparatus apparently gave them a higher range (pitch-wise) of sound. The article's author tentatively concluded any speech they may have had would be more 'musical' than the speech of H. sapiens.

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