Re: Is it NeanderTHals or NeanderTals??

John Wilkins (
Tue, 06 Dec 1994 12:04:50 +1000

In article <>, (STEPHANIE G. FOLSE ) wrote:

: In article <3budiu$>,
: William Lee <> wrote:
: >
: >Tal is German for Valley. Neandertal is the Neander Valley in
: >Northwestern Germany, where the original skull of Neandertal was
: >discovered. This is Anthro 1 stuff!
: Hey, give a break to those reading this group out of interest who
: happen _not_ to have taken anthropology in school! It's a fair
: question.
I agree, and as I recall my limited German, "valley" heisst *Thal* auf
Deutsch. However, it's pronounced "tal" as Hochdeutsch pronounces TH as a
hard T.

Go on, flame away (I don't have any German dictionaries nearby, and it's
15 years since I spoke or studied any German)

John Wilkins, Head of Communication Services, Walter and Eliza Hall
Institute of Medical Research, Victoria 3050 Australia
Tel: (+61 3) 345 2421, internet: