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They do record sounds, phonemes, structures.. but hsi language has so many pitches.

It is very difficult to  make a dictionary when the language is so different ins tructure... and abstract thoughts is no present.

In my comment I just meant that most neurobiological research of nay kind is done always in western-city cultures..so all the results are by default, biased.

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by kcurie on Mon Jul 9th, 2007 at 12:50:21 PM EST
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I guess most of the words in a dictionary (for most language) designate concrete things so that part should be easy here.

As for abstractions the documents linked don't say much so I can't really understand what it's all about :).

At least some of neurobiological research is funded by advertisement companies so I guess if they don't have dollars they're not interesting :)

by Laurent GUERBY on Mon Jul 9th, 2007 at 03:48:20 PM EST
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i wonder if any study has been done of the notes of the scale being used in different languages.

it'd be interesting to knowif brits hang out in C sharp, fr'example, or how many octaves mandarin uses, on average.

maybe some people in every culture just have more tuneful voices than others, maybe it goes wider...

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Jul 9th, 2007 at 09:05:02 PM EST
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