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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Promo with Jane Hebiton
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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