Yule_-_Chapter_One(2)

Yule_-_Chapter_One(2) - Chapter One The origins of language...

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Click to edit Master subtitle style 10/2/11 Chapter One “The origins of language” Where in the world did human language originate?
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10/2/11 A Divine Source The Egyptian pharaoh, “Psammetichus” 2,500 years ago. Isolated babies to see what language they’d pick up. There were goats all around the place Babies would articulate [bekos], which was a Phrygian word for “bread.” Phrygian was an old language of Turkey.
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10/2/11 Remove the [-kos], and you get [be:], which is what goats gurgle. Then, came King James, IV, of Scotland. He did the same experiment and claimed the babies started talking Hebrew! This “confirmed” that King James’s belief that Hebrew was the language of the Garden of Eden.
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10/2/11 No other similar experiments showed any language from isolation in nature. Rather, the human baby will indeed learn or acquire NO language at all. The Christian bible would rule out any hope of reconstructing an “original” language, even if a divine source was postulated. Why?
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In the Bible it says that, “…because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth.” This was the curse of The Tower of Babel. (Genesis, 11:9)
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This note was uploaded on 10/02/2011 for the course COMD 2050 taught by Professor Collins during the Spring '08 term at LSU.

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Yule_-_Chapter_One(2) - Chapter One The origins of language...

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