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Old September 22, 2013, 09:01 PM
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¿Saben qué significa 'becos' y a qué idioma pertenece esa palabra?
Do you know what 'becos' means and what language does that word belongs to?
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One possibility is the word for bread in the ancient Phrygian language (alternate spelling is 'bekos').
Another is the dialect form of the English word 'because'.

I suppose it could be a slang name in Spanish for any people or place.
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One possibility is the word for bread in the ancient Phrygian language (alternate spelling is 'bekos').
Another is the dialect form of the English word 'because'.

I suppose it could be a slang name in Spanish for any people or place.
Hi, good. It's from the Phrygian language.

I have an additional data for you:
Many years ago an Egyptian pharaoh made an experiment with two newborn boys. What he did was to rise them without having contact with any person, just a shepherd but he couldn't say a word. When they were around 8 (I think), the shepherd heard that they said to each other this word: 'becos' (which meant bread, but they were not saying bread to each other) and he communicated this to the pharaoh, and he was really disappointed because he thought they would speak his language.

If this is not new for you and you know anything else, make me know. Thanks.
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Hi, good. It's from the Phrygian language.

I have an additional data for you:
Many years ago an Egyptian pharaoh made an experiment with two newborn boys. What he did was to raise them without having contact with any person, just a shepherd, but he couldn't say a word. When they were around 8 (I think), the shepherd heard that they said to each other this word: 'becos' (which meant bread, but they were not saying bread to each other) and he communicated this to the pharaoh, and he was really disappointed because he thought they would speak his language.

If this is not new for you and you know anything else, let me know. Thanks.
You can read the story here. Search for 'Becos'.
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You can read the story here. Search for 'Becos'.
Oh, great. Thanks.
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Actually, I don't think it is that trivial, because Herodotus is reporting the first known attempt at the history of languages. Psammetichus got it completely wrong because it never occurred to him that two children living isolated with a goatherd for a long (but unspecified) time without contact to human language might just emit noises like goats when wanting food (Bekos). An interesting experiment, though.
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Actually, I don't think it is that trivial, because Herodotus is reporting the first known attempt at the history of languages. Psammetichus got it completely wrong because it never occurred to him that two children living isolated with a goatherd for a long (but unspecified) time without contact to human language might just emit noises like goats when wanting food (Bekos). An interesting experiment, though.
You are right, and this imitation belongs to the natural sound source theory of language.
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Becos is obviously 'because' misspelled!
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