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(Jezebel)   Team of linguists say there is one syllable that is universally recognized throughout the world. Huh?   (jezebel.com) divider line 45
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2013-11-09 08:32:28 PM  
HA!
 
2013-11-09 08:54:50 PM  
Huh.
 
2013-11-09 09:01:01 PM  
No.
 
2013-11-09 09:19:00 PM  
Eh?
 
2013-11-09 10:49:26 PM  
What kinds of linguists are they?
 
2013-11-09 11:38:51 PM  

Barfmaker: What kinds of linguists are they?


cunning.
 
2013-11-09 11:41:26 PM  
Huh? means "I'm sorry, what?"

Huh means "That's interesting"

Huh! means "fark yeah" or "yeah you're getting it good baby" or as a way to chain the words "War' and "Yeah" together.
 
2013-11-09 11:45:37 PM  
That article had the word "language" and Noam in the same sentence.

FAIL
 
2013-11-09 11:47:25 PM  
So one word common to all/most human beings indicates a lack of understanding?
 
2013-11-09 11:47:49 PM  
Meh.
 
2013-11-09 11:54:49 PM  
Wha?
 
2013-11-09 11:54:51 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: So one word common to all/most human beings indicates a lack of understanding?


Well that's a good thing, isn't it? Since that's when its universal commonality is most likely to be useful.
 
2013-11-09 11:55:32 PM  

awalkingecho: JasonOfOrillia: So one word common to all/most human beings indicates a lack of understanding?

Well that's a good thing, isn't it? Since that's when its universal commonality is most likely to be useful.


Huh?

/jk
 
2013-11-10 12:05:07 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-10 12:09:09 AM  
wat
 
2013-11-10 12:14:51 AM  
Give the linguists a Ouisghian Zodah, and they will get over it.
 
2013-11-10 12:17:24 AM  
Not really a word, but the startle response ("EEK"?) is pretty much universal, too.
 
2013-11-10 12:18:06 AM  

FormlessOne: Give the linguists a Ouisghian Zodah, and they will get over it.


Always preferred a jynnan tonnyx myself...
 
2013-11-10 12:20:52 AM  

worlddan: That article had the word "language" and Noam in the same sentence.


Noam is pretty good in this topic
 
2013-11-10 12:24:47 AM  
simpsonswiki.com

Yee-wah?
 
2013-11-10 12:30:01 AM  

bdub77: Huh? means "I'm sorry, what?"

Huh means "That's interesting"

Huh! means "fark yeah" or "yeah you're getting it good baby" or as a way to chain the words "War' and "Yeah" together.


This.

Also, I bet you wished you included the version that is used as an interrogative word for questions expecting the answer yes, huh?

/Though I have to correct you on War.  That word is Huuuuh.
 
2013-11-10 12:41:41 AM  
imagemacros.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-11-10 12:54:18 AM  
So if there's more DNA variation in certain human (and other animal) populations, leading researchers to establish that those are the oldest continuous bloodlines, then where language is concerned, it works the reverse? Where the same word or root exists in the most languages or is an understood linguistic archetype for the most languages over the longest time, it must be primal?

Does this mean the most basic human expression is confusion?

/We are all related to Beaker from The Muppet Show?
//...I don't even...
 
2013-11-10 01:13:31 AM  

doglover: Eh?


Canadians and Japanese have much in common with each other, it seems. Eh?
 
2013-11-10 01:19:53 AM  
fake
gay
 
2013-11-10 01:41:10 AM  
d'oh!
 
2013-11-10 04:24:39 AM  
dafuq
 
2013-11-10 05:19:43 AM  
The gibberish single syllable + questioning inflection pairing is universally understood. Huh is not a word, though, and very few other languages would spell or pronounce it the same
 
2013-11-10 05:45:17 AM  
Phbbt!
 
2013-11-10 06:05:02 AM  

NobleHam: The gibberish single syllable + questioning inflection pairing is universally understood. Huh is not a word, though, and very few other languages would spell or pronounce it the same


Hmmm.
 
2013-11-10 06:46:18 AM  

mr lawson: worlddan: That article had the word "language" and Noam in the same sentence.

Noam is pretty good in this topic

The basis to Chomsky's linguistic theory is that the principles underlying the structure of language are biologically determined in the human mind and hence genetically transmitted.[103] He therefore argues that all humans share the same underlying linguistic structure, irrespective of socio-cultural difference.[104] In this he opposes the radical behaviourist psychology of B.F. Skinner, instead arguing that human language is unlike modes of communication used by any other animal species


If by pretty good you mean "For a city slicker who has never owned a pet." then yes.
 
2013-11-10 06:47:33 AM  

docmattic: NobleHam: The gibberish single syllable + questioning inflection pairing is universally understood. Huh is not a word, though, and very few other languages would spell or pronounce it the same

Hmmm.


Yeah... The only other languages I speak are Spanish and Japanese, and since neither use 'huh,' I'd be willing to bet many others lack that particular "word" as well. The Japanese say "ha?" with a rising inflection in a similar manner, but it's considered rather hateful (like, 'speak Japanese muthafarka!'). That u sound in 'huh' doesn't even exist in Japanese.
 
2013-11-10 07:48:50 AM  

doglover: mr lawson: worlddan: That article had the word "language" and Noam in the same sentence.

Noam is pretty good in this topic

The basis to Chomsky's linguistic theory is that the principles underlying the structure of language are biologically determined in the human mind and hence genetically transmitted.[103] He therefore argues that all humans share the same underlying linguistic structure, irrespective of socio-cultural difference.[104] In this he opposes the radical behaviourist psychology of B.F. Skinner, instead arguing that human language is unlike modes of communication used by any other animal species

If by pretty good you mean "For a city slicker who has never owned a pet." then yes.


You're conflating interspecies communication with language. They're two totally different things.
 
2013-11-10 08:22:55 AM  

Likwit: docmattic: NobleHam: The gibberish single syllable + questioning inflection pairing is universally understood. Huh is not a word, though, and very few other languages would spell or pronounce it the same

Hmmm.

Yeah... The only other languages I speak are Spanish and Japanese, and since neither use 'huh,' I'd be willing to bet many others lack that particular "word" as well. The Japanese say "ha?" with a rising inflection in a similar manner, but it's considered rather hateful (like, 'speak Japanese muthafarka!'). That u sound in 'huh' doesn't even exist in Japanese.


Yeah, usually when I hear or read Japanese, it's "Eh?" to express polite confusion, or "Ah?" or "Ha?" to be more rude about it.  Frikkin' language even has politeness levels for its filler words.

/eeeee-to desu
 
2013-11-10 08:32:23 AM  
Ni!
 
2013-11-10 08:37:59 AM  
Cool.  I was wondering if there were any words that were universal...even saying "ouch!" or "ow!" isn't universal, it's learned.
 
2013-11-10 09:49:54 AM  
u wot m8
 
2013-11-10 11:48:37 AM  
sware on me mum
 
2013-11-10 12:14:09 PM  
i0.wp.com

Must read the same "news" feeds as this dude.
 
2013-11-10 12:35:04 PM  
i105.photobucket.com
PTHthththththththth.
 
2013-11-10 02:22:53 PM  
An actual word with arbitrary but fixed phonetics that is used in a lot of languages is "O.K.".

Nobody really knows the origin of this word or why it has spread so much. One has to assume something like most cultures until recently had a semantic gap for the notion of signaling agreement in a minimal non contentious non status oriented way - that coming to agreement was always treated as an involved negotiation or that simple words to express it always encoded a hierarchical dominance relation and meant the equivalent of "I obey".
 
2013-11-10 03:01:33 PM  
i105.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-10 03:43:05 PM  
i1.ytimg.com

Huh.
 
2013-11-10 08:21:19 PM  
Jezebel is reporting linguistics news now?

Huh?
 
2013-11-10 11:03:30 PM  
I have a feeling 100 years from now its going to be "Dubya-Tee-Eff".
 
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