Revisiting the limits of language: the odor lexicon of Maniq

Cognition, Volume 131, Issue 1, 2014, Pages 125-138.

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Abstract:

It is widely believed that human languages cannot encode odors. While this is true for English, and other related languages, data from some non-Western languages challenge this view. Maniq, a language spoken by a small population of nomadic hunter-gatherers in southern Thailand, is such a language. It has a lexicon of over a dozen terms d...More

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