By modeling the sounds that a Neanderthal larynx would have made, McCarthy’s team engineered the sound of a Neanderthal saying “e.”Wow. Click here for the sound!
In contrast to a modern human “e,” the Neanderthal version lacks a quantal hallmark, which helps a listener distinguish the word “beat” from “bit,” for instance.
McCarthy, who based his reconstructions on 50,000-year-old fossils from France, aims eventually to simulate an entire Neanderthal sentence.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
If you don't read the ads-l, you should see this and/or this for work by Robert McCarthy at Florida Atlantic. He's using fossils to model Neanderthal sound production, an issue we've brushed up against here before (along with other blogs).