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priscianus jr

The origin of speech is an important question, but it is not determinative of either intelligence or language. Whether or not the Neanderthals were capable of it, speech is not necessary for language to exist, as we know from the sign language of the deaf. Many believe that sign language either preceded speech, or at least was the predominant accompaniment to speech for a long time.

In any case, Lieberman's reasoning WRG Neanderthal speech has not gone unchallenged.
http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00397/full

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