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  • Language developed as the human species evolved.

  • Development of language sets us apart from our closest relatives, the chimpanzees.

  • No other natural communication system is like human language.

  • Human language can express thoughts, convey information, ask questions and give orders.

  • In contrast, animal can only communicate immediate issues such as food, danger, threat, or reconciliation.

  • So how did language begin?

  • Did a bunch of cavemen hold a conference and decide to make up language?

  • Obviously not.

  • One theory is that hominids (our human ancestors) started by grunting, hooting and crying out,

  • and this gradually developed into the language we use today.

  • But apes could grunt and hoot as well.

  • Why did their grunting not evolve into a 'language'?

  • Because 6 million years ago the hominid and chimpanzee lines diverged.

  • The size of the hominid brain increased and developed over time, while chimpanzee brain

  • remained the same.

  • Another theory is that language began as sign language and then switched to the vocal modality

  • Some have also argued that language evolved independently in different parts of the world.

  • However, a recent study shows that all languages in the world evolved from one prehistoric

  • language first spoken in Africa tens of thousands of years ago, and then spread across the world

  • with the migration of our ancestors when they left Africa 70,000 years ago.

  • So, do languages stay the same over the generations?

  • Languages change as they are handed down from generation to generation due to change in

  • culture and influence of other languages.

  • That is why the English spoken in the Elizabethan Era is way different from the English we speak

  • today.

  • The subject of language and its evolution is still undergoing lively investigation among

  • linguists, psychologists, and biologists.

Language developed as the human species evolved.

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    Mahiro Kitauchi posted on 2020/09/16
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