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> You really think people talk the way they do not because they
> copied the
> people around them, but due to wider environmental factors?
> Perhaps vowel
> sounds in the north of England are flatter than in the south to make up
> for the more mountainous topography?
The sounds that creatures make are absolutely varying because of
their environments. So are a lot of other behaviors. The fact
that society is one of and part of and inextricable from our
environments simply makes various dialects precisely
adaptations- yes, because that is what is _heard_ and the way it
is heard during the development of speech/language in the
non-deaf infant- part of the aural environment required and
necessary for speech development.
As for topography, as far as I know, no studies have been made
of that, but I'd bet it matters, yup.
It certainly matters in the type of musical and alarm
instruments that the culture fashions- drums, bagpipes, horns,
Whether it matters in actual speech practices as an analog of
this, yeah, why not?
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