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Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man by Mark Changizi

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APPENDIX

Word Events

LANGUAGE DATA

Data about word structure was acquired from 18 languages: [Indo-European] (1) English, (2) German, (3) Spanish, (4) Bengali, (5) Bosnian; [Altaic] (6) Turkish; [American] (7) Inukitut, (8) Taino, (9) Yucatec Maya; (African) (10) Lango, (11) Somali, (12) Wolof, (13) Zulu, (14) Haya; [Austronesian] (15) Fijian, (16) Malagasy; [Dravidian] (17) Tamil; [East Asian] (18) Japanese. In each case we acquired a sample of common words (an average of 937 (sterr = 134) words per language); our analysis confined itself to those words having three or fewer non-sonorants (an average of 775 (sterr = 103) words per language). In many cases, data were obtained from transliterated dictionaries, and the phonological interpretation ...

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