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Has Latin humanus really a noun meaning? Is it a medieval usage? Andres 14:02, 24 Jun 2004 (UTC)

According to [1] apparently not, though it could be medieval (I don't have medieval Latin sources offhand to check with) —Muke Tever
According to your source, humani in Lucretius' natura humanis omnia sunt paria could count as meaning 'men, mortals'. Andres 23:07, 24 Jun 2004 (UTC)

Homo (sapiens)Edit

Are these words related to human? Homo means wis or something in Greek. Smiddle / TC@ 18:01, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

Yes. Both homō and hūmānus come from *dʰéǵʰōm. (I'm sorry it took an entire decade for you to get an answer.) AutisticCatnip (talk) 11:19, 31 July 2017 (UTC)

Second definitionEdit

  1. Having the nature or attributes of a human being

Would this cover things like "his story was very human"? That is emotional, causing empathy (etc.) I know I haven't expressed that too well. Mglovesfun (talk) 15:33, 29 January 2011 (UTC)


The IPA pronunciation for human is described as /ˈçjuː.mən̩/. Unfortunately, the ç does not appear on the IPA page.

It is an IPA symbol, but nobody has bothered to include it in that particular page. It is a voiceless palatal fricative, like the German 'ch' in ich or the Japanese 'h' in hito. It is the palatalized version of /x/ (loch, machen, ach). —Stephen (Talk) 14:19, 27 May 2011 (UTC)
Is there a citation for this pronunciation? I personally find the /ç/ quite surprising (I haven't ever heard of that consonant being a feature of GA or RP), so I believe it would be worthwhile to provide a source. AutisticCatnip (talk) 11:23, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
It isn't /ç/, but [ç], meaning that this is not a phoneme in English but an allophone of /h/ before /j/. And since it's not a phoneme, it's not usually included in IPA transcriptions of English. But there's nothing unusual about it; [ç] is the normal pronunciation in most English accents and that has been understood for a long time.
However, some speakers say [çuːmən], losing the [j]. In that case, [ç] should actually be considered a phoneme in its own right.
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