You sound how you eat: speech evolved as diet changed

More than 7,000 languages are spoken around the world today, eachwith unique words and phrases. But linguists have usually assumed that the sonic palette humans have used to produce these languages hasn't changed much over time But a new study, published today in the journal Science, suggests otherwise. After analyzing languages from across the globe, a team of researchers found that sounds like v and f are relatively new, emerging just a few thousand years ago. These new sounds beca

You sound how you eat: speech evolved as diet changed

Research confirms a long-derided linguistic theory. Natalie Parletta reports.

Sun 17 Mar 19 from Cosmos Magazine

Softer, processed foods changed the way ancient humans spoke

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Thu 14 Mar 19 from Science Now

Softer Diets Allowed Early Humans to Pronounce "F," "V" Sounds

Drastic dietary changes during the agricultural revolution altered the configuration of the human bite, paving the way for new sounds in spoken language, a new study finds.

Thu 14 Mar 19 from The Scientist

Diet-induced changes favor innovation in speech sounds

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Ancestral Diet Changes Might Have Given Us the F Word, Study Finds

Human speech sounds are shared worldwide, and a new study suggests that ancestral human diet changes might have caused “f” and “v” sounds in global languages. A group ...

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Food innovations changed our mouths, which in turn changed our languages

The overbite that comes from eating soft food may make "ffff" sounds more common.

Thu 14 Mar 19 from Ars Technica


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