Melonheads Had Long Tongues to Speak Sanskrit

The extinct species known as the melonheads not only had elongated skulls, they also had long tongues in order to speak their language: Sanskrit. Sanskrit has nine short phonetic vowels, as opposed to seven in English and five in Spanish. In order to pronounce two of those nine vowels, it is necessary to flex the tip of the tongue while the rest of the tongue remains still and the mouth is wide open. To pronounce one of these two vowels, start sounding a prolonged 'i', as in ship, and raise the tip of the tongue so that it points to the palate without touching it. Similarly, to pronounce the other of these two vowels, start sounding a prolonged 'i' and raise the tip of the tongue to behind the upper front teeth without touching them. And you have to pronounce them while the mouth is so open that you can fit two fingers between your lips. If you have an above average tongue, you will be able to pronounce the first vowel. But you need a very long tongue to properly pronounce the second vowel.

Sanskrit was constructed on the basis of mouth biomechanics. Their inventors studied the dynamics of the tongue, throat anatomy and respiratory limits in order to create an efficient language that encompass all biomechanical positions. They explored the full phonetic potential and then proceeded to establish certain rules in order to avoid speech inefficiencies. For example, they were aware that in order to pronounce 'e', as in pet, after pronouncing 'o', as in dog, you have to go through 'a', as in cat. And their language was constructed with this sort of observations in mind. By having the full array of phonemes that could be pronounced by their mouths, words could be shorter and fluid. And they were made as fluid as possible with the rules. So Sanskrit is a language of efficient phonetics and breadth. If you are interested in getting the gist of this language, you can look for 'A Practical Sanskrit Introductory' by Charles Wikner.

Melonheads had to have long tongues in order to pronounce Sanskrit properly. And their long tongues might be the reason why they worshipped snakes — they identified with snakes since they could see a reflexion of their own beings in them.

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