Roman Numerals ( was Re: Anyone off to VCF-UK)

Rich Alderson RichA at vulcan.com
Tue Jun 1 19:51:03 CDT 2010


From: Ben
Sent: Tuesday, June 01, 2010 5:26 PM

> Rich Alderson wrote:

> I tend not to count things, I need 1 or a few or I have way too much of 
> that.

Please have more care with the placement of new material.  *You* said that,
not I.

>> Another linguistic truism:  There has been no such thing as a "primitive
>> language" since early in the evolution of modern humans.

> But modern language must have roots from somewhere in the deep past.

Yes, but do you understand how long humans have been using language?
At least 50,000 years, and probably more than 200,000.  It's even likely
that Australopithecines had language.

> I have read that domestication of the horse,around the black sea
> may have been on of the first wide spread use of a language to convey
> ideas at the time.

Oh, that's simply nonsense, and I doubt that you read that.  (You may have
misunderstood something you read to say that, I'll grant.)  The horse was
domesticated roughly 7,500 years ago, or anywhere from 7 to 25 times more
recently than language in humans.

Are you refering to _The Horse, the Wheel, and Language_?  The author is
an archaeological anthropologist, and both his linguistics and his use of
Zoroastrian mythology is shaky (to be kind).  I can only hope that the
archaeology holds up better than the other two; I'm not qualified to judge
its merits (only one arch. anthro. course in college).


Rich Alderson
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Vulcan, Inc.
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Seattle, WA 98104

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