Neanderthal

Did Neanderthals Have the Capacity for Verbal Language?

Did Neanderthals Have the Capacity for Verbal Language?

The Neanderthal of popular imagination is a hideous, ape-like being, lumbering around with his or her crude spear. Rarely do we picture this person, or pre-person, engaged in any kind of conversation, beyond the occasional grunt-off over a spoiled piece of meat. But — depending on which archaeologist/linguist you happen…