Re: Is it NeanderTHals or NeanderTals??

Michael Rogero Brown (
Wed, 7 Dec 1994 17:58:37 GMT

Richard Foy ( wrote:
: 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.

: Thank you Stephanie.

: I am an electronics engineer, but I find reading this group very
: interesting and educational, just as I do many other groups not
: related to electronics. To me, one of the biggest advantages of the
: net, over other forms of commuications, is the ability to have
: interchanges on a wide variety of subjects with people who have
: different backgrounds, experiences and education.

I'm the one who brought up the subject in the first place. As can be seen
from my .sig, my field is computers, not anthropology. Anthro is just one of
my interests. While I know HOW & WHY the Neandertals are named that, my
question was why the VERY RECENT change from spelling/pronunciation from
'thal' to 'tal'. It seems to me that only in the last 5 years or so have I
seen/heard it as 'tal'. While I agree that the 'tal' is the correct way,
I was just puzzled why only recently has there been a change. (heck I've run
into anthropologists who use both pronunciations).

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