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Testing Theories of the Origin of Language on Indonesian

Many models of how the sound of the words is affected by their meaning emerged in the history of linguistics. The first theories were searching for a connection in the simple sound resemblance or in our emotional reactions. Since those theories weren’t founded on much empirical data, they were a sitting duck for an analytical linguist Ferdinand de Saussure at the dawn of the 20th century and for many years, any kind of connection between sounds and their meaning was disputed as arbitrary.

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