South African "original" language - bushmen

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South African "original" language - bushmen

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:05 am

Fascinating. Wish her charts and some elements of the language were included...
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39 ... 3193136647
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Re: South African "original" language - bushmen

Postby William Hupy » Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:50 am

Agreed. Is it one of the “click” languages? I often thought that the first languages were probably imitations of sounds humans heard in the woods and savannah and thus the bushmen clicks.
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Re: South African "original" language - bushmen

Postby bnjtokyo » Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:24 am

The article says
"Inside a small wooden hut, she teaches the 112 sounds including 45 distinct clicks of N|uu with the local children."
And a little further down the article, there is a link of a video with her speaking Nluu and you can hear clicks almost from the first word in the video
Here are links to more recent articles
https://mg.co.za/article/2019-02-21-00- ... -languages
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/2016/08 ... extinction

Perhaps one of the organizations mentioned in the linked articles will be able to provide phonetic descriptions of the various languages spoken by the San.


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