'In the beginning was the Word, the Word became Flesh, and dwelt among us.'
Word implies all meaning, in all media, that all creatures adopted and assumed.
Art was never a half-formed medium. See Ice Age art examples in my AOM on this site in late 2015.
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Myth, calendar, ritual, language, emblems were never half-formed media of archetype.
All works or re-expressions are partial, using some options, never all the options. This is craft.
Collating about 50 expressions indicate the whole structure of all the options. This is science.
As a structuralist anthropologist, I recommend the study of recurrent features, and their average frequencies, to linguists (perhaps the first time that anthropology offers to tool to linguistics, from where it borrowed its first tools).
Zipf found quantitative results in collective human behaviour that disturb and repel some human scientists.
You are on the right track by counting recurrent features such as phonemes. But beware assumptions based on common or garden anthropology, paleao-anthropology, cognitive psychology, etc. Where direct evidence is absent, follow philosophy.
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 11-Sep-21 15:23 by Edmond.