I further assume that the small bones aformentioned can be used as a guide to larynx size and that, couple with the location of the larynx in related species can give a reasonable basis for deduction - the originators of the theory would presumably hedge it about with "ifs, buts and maybes" as should all authors of papers interpreting archaeological data but we all know that the press will not pick up on the "hedging" just go straight for the "human interest" story (although in this case it could possibly be "hominid interest") which is that neanderthals were squeaky, rather than trying to interpret sound wave pattern and frequency diagrams in relation to larynx length and volume for their readers.
From: British archaeology discussion list [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of John Briggs
Sent: 23 September 2008 16:21
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Neanderthal voices
McCrone, Peter (NE) wrote:
> I assume that there is some recognised relationship between larynx
> size and voice pitch - there is certianly a fine selection of papers
> if you google "Relationship between larynx size and voice pitch"
> relating to technicalities of singing voice control and artificial
> larynxes although without the time to plough through the technical
> details I wouldn't like to hazard a guess as to what the relationship
> actually is and how precise one can be about the precise pitch
> relative to larynx size and shape.
> But it sounds, John, as if Yes, from larynx size they HAVE deduced
> voice pitch.
For humans - we know nothing about Neanderthal larynxes.
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