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John Roth

Interesting thoughts and that leads me to wonder about whether the "primitive language" idea might be wrong. The reason I wonder about that has to do with some comments in Anna Werzbika's book "Imprisoned in English," where she talks about studies using videos of wild chimpanzees that suggest they have 50 of the 65 "semantic primes" that are built-in to human language.

This suggests that, once speech became possible, there was an existing bank of meaning and syntax available for use.

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