Clicks and the idea of a human protolanguage  

Hartmut Traunmüller

In the Proceedings of Fonetik 2003, the XVI Swedish Phonetics Conference, Lövånger, June 2-4, 2003. Phonum 9: 1-4.


This paper disputes the arguments behind the idea that a human protolanguage had clicks that were independently retained in languages whose speakers reflect a very early divergence in the human population. It presents a less spectacular view of protolanguage, and it considers an advantage of clicks in hunting and peculiarities in the shape of Bushman palates, which may have helped clicks into speech.

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