Re: Human Language. (long post)

John A. Halloran (
19 Jan 1997 15:06:02 -0700

In article <> (MSCob) writes:

>You know what throws cold water on Liberman's elaborate theory about the
>sapiens sapiens vocal tract developing to be able to produce more vowels?
>assertion by historical linguists that Proto-Indo-European only had one

> Linguists reconstruct the phonemes, not all the phonetic variations,
>of ancient languages.

This is true. Would you accept, however, the assertion that with just one
vowel phoneme, vowels lacked semantic significance in the earliest version
of this particular proto-language?


John Halloran