The human family got a new branch this week with the appearance of Homo naledi, a new species of human.

But did they have language? And how can we tell from a lot of old bones?

It’s early yet, but linguist Daniel Midgley puts the pieces together on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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A New Hampshire university’s language guide says students should avoid using the word ‘American’

University president offended by bias-free language guide

Lawmakers May Punish A University For Being Too Politically Correct

Jonathan Turley: University of Tennessee Considers Adopting Gender Neutral Pronouns Like “Ze,” “Hir,” and “Xyr” To Avoid Discrimination

Dennis Baron: The gender-neutral pronoun: after 150 years still an epic fail

Some notes on singular ‘they’

Are gender-neutral pronouns the wave of the future?

Gender-neutral pronouns: The big list

Study: Sperm whales speak in ‘clan dialects’

Sperm Whales’ Language Reveals Hints of Culture

Science says sperm whales live in clans and learn a ‘language’

Homo naledi: Unanswered questions about the newest human species

Homo naledi: New species of human ancestor discovered in South Africa

New species of human relative, Homo naledi, found in underground graveyard in Cradle of Humankind in South Africa

This Face Changes the Human Story. But How?

New, Tiny-Brained Human Found in South African Cave

Burial, as early as 300,000 years ago

Oxford Dictionaries Online: The quarterly update

Online Etymology Dictionary: Spill

Online Etymology Dictionary: Oust

Tony Abbott #PutYourOnionsOut: How the internet reacted

#putoutyouronions on Twitter


Vale Adrian Frutiger, master of the Univers

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