Fiche : 19145, type : Book, mots-clés : saf;hst;lng;w.000;y.200;y.300;
Langue(s) traitée(s) : Bushman (* ? vasekela bushman 1842 ?).    Langue du texte : en

Stopa, Roman (1972). Structure of Bushman and its traces in Indo-European. London & Wroclaw : Curzon Press; Zaklad Narodowy Polskiej Akademii Nauk. 216 pp.


Notes : (The following comments are based on a review which I have lost the reference to.) Stopa tries to “retrace the prehistory of Indo-European as well as that of African by assuming Hottentot-Bushman as a common base” (p 209). Moreover, Stopa categorizes all the world’s languages into an evolutionary scale of some kind, and claims that the ones at the bottom have less arbitrary relationships between the sign and the signified than the ones “higher” up. Says Stopa: “[there is a] retraceable bridge between the communication systems of animals, especially those of the human-like apes, and the most primitive communication system of man” (p 10). Thus he also tries to show that there are Bushman reflexes in chimpanzee’s communication (!).

Autres informations : Archibald N. Tucker, Africa, v 43 (1973), p 276-277; Anthony Traill, African studies, v 33 (1974), p 263-266

Date de la dernière modification : 2007-09-13