"Hypothesis" as the proper word, is agreed !

Humanoids instructed to use bones as weapons

and stones as first tools, 

hypothesis developped by Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick 

in "2001: a Space Odyssey" 

Primitive humans instructed to use a first rudimentary

planned language elaborated for them, but not by them, 

and then evolving to natlangs,

is a personal hypothesis of mine.

Best regards,



On Fri, 4 Aug 2006 20:14:11 +0100, Matthew Barnett <[log in to unmask]> 

>Donald J. HARLOW wrote:
>> Je 10.59 atm 2006.08.02, Jacques DEHEE skribis
>>> Theory:
>>> The first eleborated human language
>>> was a planned language.
>>> Regards,
>>> Jacques
>> Minor kvetch:
>> The word "theory" has two meanings:
>> (1) (scientific) An explanation for an observed phenomenon which is
>> (a) supported by all available evidence, and (b) testable;
>> (2) (colloquial) Any idea I happen to come up with (by contrast, any
>> idea that somebody else happens to come up with is a "half-baked
>> idea", not a theory).
>I think that "hypothesis" is the proper word for (2).