Origin of Semitic Languages


THE mouth gesture theory of the origin of human speech as it is put forward by Sir Richard Paget and by Prof. Alexander Jóhannesson1 is certainly a valuable contribution to research on the origin of human speech, although it is not favourably regarded by comparative linguists to-day. It seems that they want to leave the matter to the anthropologists, who are beginning to show considerable interest in it.

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  1. 1

    Nature, 154, 466 (1944).

  2. 2

    Translation by T. Bailey Saunders in "Studies in Pessimism" .

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