How did language originate? Which is the most ancient and the most toughest of all the languages?
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3.5 million years ago would have brought changes to the human skull, allowing for a more L-shaped vocal tract. The shape of the tract and a larynx positioned relatively low in the neck are necessary prerequisites for many of the sounds humans make, particularly vowels.
Other scholars believe that, based on the position of the larynx, not even Neanderthals had the anatomy necessary to produce the full range of sounds modern humans make. Still another view considers the lowering of the larynx irrelevant to the development of speech--
An absolute proto-language, as defined by linguist Derek Bickerton, is a primitive form of communication lacking:
a fully-developed syntax
tense, aspect, auxiliary verbs, etc.
a closed-class (i.e. non-lexical) vocabulary
That is, a stage in the evolution of language somewhere between great ape language and fully developed modern human language. ...more
Usage of sound (from own throat or body or by mechanical means) must have been a means of communication thousands of years before the first syllable spilled out from a mouth. Just as ancient kids were playing with toys having wheels thousands of years before adults discovered wheel as a means of transportation saving tremendous physical effort utilized/wasted for moving goods.
But what might have pushed humans to link together those monosyllables to form meaningful words first and then letters? These are the great occasions were Nature intervened to propel the fittest to survive and a species among millions responded imaginatively. They recognized fitness is not a physical property alone.
Human babies are the weakest of the kind among all known species. And to protect them from the fierce predators, mere ...more
When God created the first human beingsAdam and EveHe created them in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27). This likeness unquestionably included the ability to engage in intelligible speech via human language. In fact, God spoke to them from the very begi ...more