History of language
Historical linguistics, also called diachronic linguistics, is the scientific study of language change over time. Principal concerns of historical linguistics include:
Modern historical linguistic...
Orangutan 'copies human speech'
An orangutan copying sounds made by researchers offers new clues to how human speech evolved, scientists say.
High-Pitched Voice Theory - Neanderthal
Vocal experts examine the first full skeleton of a neanderthal ever to be discovered and uncover insights into the most likely sound our primitive cousins wo...
What Are Cats Trying To Tell Us? Science Will Explain
A new project is underway to decode kitty communication—and figure out if cats really like all that baby talk. Many believe their dogs and cats can respond with barks or meows that communicate hunger,...
Behold: The Cockroach Internet of Shit and Gut Bacteria
Cockroaches are scientific wonders of horrible-ness. A cockroach, the result of a lineage spanning some 320 million years, is a well-oiled machine of pestilence, and some large part of this has to do ...
Sperm Whales Develop Culture, Regional Accents
A study comprising 18 years of data has found that, just like humans, sperm whales develop "culture" as evidenced by their regional dialects. Some of the most intelligent animals can be found, not on ...
UC San Francisco Researchers Reveal How Shoulders Shed New Light On Human Evolution
Humans split from our closest African ape relatives in the genus Pan – including chimpanzees and bonobos – 6 to 7 million years ago. Yet certain human traits resemble the more distantly related orang...
The Ceremonial Sounds That Accompanied Natufian Funerals, 15,000 Years Ago
They decorated graves with flowers, held ceremonial meals before their funerals, and – as a new study from the University of Haifa now shows – the Natufians who lived in our region 15,000 – 11,500 yea...
A new weapon of Islamist extremists is...poetry?
Militant Islamist groups have a number of strategies for recruiting vulnerable young men to their cause. They produce videos, tap into social media and write fiery pamphlets with overblown rhetoric. ...
The incredible story of how leopard Diabolo became Spirit - Anna Breytenbach, "animal communicator".
What if you could talk to animals and have them talk back to you? Anna Breytenbach has dedicated her life to what she calls interspecies communication. She sends detailed messages to animals through p...
World's First Murder Victim? Skull Is Evidence Of 430,000-Year-Old Crime
"Anthropologists are always asking what makes us human, and are humans inherently violent," said Danielle Kurin, a forensic anthropologist at UC Santa Barbara. "This study contributes to that debate b...
7 Lost American Slang Words
Remembering cool words that are no longer cool — or even used much. In American English, some slang words come and go. And some stay and stay. Or as Walt Whitman poetically observed in his 1885 defen...
BEAR SAVES CROW FROM DROWNING
Bear Rescues Crow. When a hapless bird falls into this brown bear’s watering hole the unexpected happens. Rather than killing it, the bear rescues it from the water to live another day.
Linguists link English, Hindi to single ancestor language spoken 6,500 years ago
Linguists have traced the roots of English, Hindi, Greek and all Indo-European languages to a common ancestor tongue first spoken on the Russian steppes as much as 6,500 years ago.
Archaic Homo sapiens
A number of varieties of Homo are grouped into the broad category of archaic humans, contrasted with modern humans (Homo sapiens), in the period beginning 500,000 years ago. This category typically i...
Archaic Homo sapiens - Wikipedia
Homo heidelbergensis
Homo heidelbergensis — sometimes called Homo rhodesiensis — is an extinct species of the genus Homo which lived in Africa, Europe and western Asia during about 0.6 to 0.3 million years ago. First disc...
Homo heidelbergensis - Wikipedia
Neanderthal behavior
Neanderthal behavior is subject to much study and speculation. Neanderthals were thought to be almost exclusively carnivorous and apex predators. However, new studies indicate that they had cooked veg...
Neanderthal behavior - Wikipedia
Anatomically modern humans
The term anatomically modern humans (AMH) or anatomically modern Homo sapiens (AMHS) refers in paleoanthropology to individual members of the species Homo sapiens with an appearance consistent with th...
Anatomically modern humans - Wikipedia
Behavioral modernity
Behavioral modernity is a term used in anthropology, archeology and sociology to refer to a set of traits that distinguish present day humans and their recent ancestors from both other living primates...
Animal communication
Animal communication is the transfer of information from one or a group of animals (sender or senders) to one or more other animals (receiver or receivers) which affects either the current or future b...
Animal language
Animal language are those forms of non-human animal communication that show similarities to human language. Animal communication may be considered complex enough to be called a form of language if: th...
Animal language - Wikipedia
Universal grammar
Universal grammar (UG) is a theory in linguistics, usually credited to Noam Chomsky, proposing that the ability to learn grammar is hard-wired into the brain. It is sometimes known as 'mental grammar'...
Universal grammar - Wikipedia
Creole language
A creole language, or simply a creole, is a stable natural language that has developed from a pidgin, i.e. a simplified version of a language. Creoles differ from pidgins because creoles have been nat...
Pidgin
A pidgin /ˈpɪdʒɨn/, or pidgin language, is a simplified version of a language that develops as a means of communication between two or more groups that do not have a language in common. It is most com...
Evolutionary linguistics
Evolutionary linguistics is a cover term for the scientific study of both the origins and development of language as well as the cultural evolution of languages. The main challenge in this research is...
Mythical origins of language
There have been many accounts of the origin of language in the world's mythologies and other stories pertaining to the origin of language, the development of language and the reasons behind the divers...
Mythical origins of language - Wikipedia
Divine language
Divine language, the language of the gods, or, in monotheism, the language of God (or angels) is the concept of a mystical or divine proto-language, which predates and supersedes human speech.
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Adamic language
The Adamic language is, according to Jews (as recorded in the midrashim) and some Christians, the language spoken by Adam (and possibly Eve) in the Garden of Eden. It is variously interpreted as eithe...
ǂKxʼauǁʼein
ǂKxʼao-ǁʼae (ǂKxʼauǁʼein, Auen, Kaukau) is a southeastern variety of the !Xuun dialect continuum, spoken in Botswana (Grootelaagte, East Hanahai, Kanagas, and Ghanzi villages in Ghanzi District, and o...
Dirasha language
Dirasha (also known as Ghidole, Diraasha, Dirayta, Gidole, Gardulla, Dhirasha) is a member of the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic family. It is spoken in the Omo region of Ethiopia, in the hills w...
Orangutan 'copies human speech'
An orangutan copying sounds made by researchers offers new clues to how human speech evolved, scientists say.