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RE: Hypothetical language amongst the more brainier dinosaurs

  Consider the language a little less phonetic than expressive, as in sign 
language. It would mean the representations used convey ideas, as in 
pictographic wtiting (Mayan, Aztec, Chinese, non-Demotic Egyptian), rather than 
phonemes of speech.

  If the writing is meant to be used as a form of physical motion, then, 
dancing is itself a form of "speech," and one may never hear a vocalized form 
of this. This has been used as the basis of some forms of "languages," and has 
been alluded to in the science fiction of cats, in some cases (where a "body 
language" is used) rather than trying to convert the "purrs" and such as 


  Jaime A. Headden
  The Bite Stuff (site v2)

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> Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2011 01:56:08 +0100
> From: koreke77@yahoo.de
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Hypothetical language amongst the more brainier dinosaurs
> > > > Dinotopia beat you to it.
> > > >
> > > > http://dinotopia.wikia.com/wiki/Footprint_alphabet
> What about the phonemic inventory? Is there reason to expect as many labial 
> consonants as in humans? Voiced labials in particular?
> Eike