There are people who believe these creatures aren't actually talking as humans would do but are just making animal sounds that sound like speech, but are nothing but emotional responses. But these vocalizations have been studied by linguists who have concluded that they are indeed some form of speech. These creatures obviously take turns vocalizing just as we humans do in our conversation. The response to a vocalization does not always match the instigating vocalization.
This could only be because the response is based on the perceived meaning of the vocalization and not its emotional tone.
Track 2 of the first cd is a recording of "the old man" and a female( presumably "the old woman").I've tried to approximate the sounds as best as I could but different interpretations are possible.
The old man makes an initial vocalization that sounds like "kahunny" and she replies in a very gentle tone "um Hmm?" a slight pause and then she says in the same gentle tone what sounds like "nelson". In spite of her dulcet tones the old man responds in a sarcastic manner. "I noafhoom WHHA?"obviously responding to the meaning of"nelson" and not to her gentle voice. She then goes into explanatory mode with a slightly higher pitch and slighter louder and quicker voice, just as anyone would if they had said some thing unusual that needed clarification.
This is speech. It may be a very simple language that they are using, but it is speech nevertheless.
This particular interchange is very significant and getting a recording of it was a lucky break. I believe that the subject of the conversation was the men in the camp, and the female changed the old man's attitude toward these intruders. I think the front end of this conversation may have been cut off since the old man usually begins an utterance with "ah", "aw", or "Wa" if he is speaking loudly. This is probably similar to how people often(more than they realize) begin an utterance with "uh".
It is hard enough to try to convince science that a hairy manlike bipedal ape is walking the wilderness areas of North America, but to then come along and say that maybe they can talk and maybe they aren't animals after all bothers even some die-hard bigfooters.
I have identified several repeated sounds that seem to have the character of words and have been able to assign a tentative meaning to them.
one is "blag" or "blagt" which seems to me to mean "talk". It is used several times in interchanges between the creatures and the men. One time when one of the creatures made a somewhat mocking response to the men, the old man spoke up saying " wa hinden froido to blag". My guess is that he is telling the others to speak in a more friendly manner. In an exchange where one of the men talks and whistles to the old man, the old man responds "aw blagobooma". May be he is saying "aw, talk sense".
Another word is "why". I've spelled it exactly the same as the english word "why" because amazingly enough, it seems to be used in the same context and may mean the same thing. The vocalizations have to my ear a distinct germanic sound to it. This might be because of its gutteral quality. But a close examination of some of the word sounds used leads me to believe that it actually does have affinities to an ancient germanic language. In the next installment I will try to explain why I think this language may have a relation to Old Saxon.
- William Mayes
- I've lived in the woods and came to know and understand the creatures that inhabit it. I have compassion for all God's creatures, most especially the creature known whimsically as "bigfoot", since he is more like us than any other. I am now an old man and unable to run around in the woods. If I were able I would be out there right now trying to prove his existence. I started this blog to try to express some of the ideas and speculations I have had on bigfoot. I am not into bigfoot social events. I don't gossip about other bloggers. I try to keep myself informed of events. My ideas and opinions are my own and I make no apology for them. They are not written in stone and I welcome any and all civil comments. I am looking for the truth, not fame.