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How did language originate? Which is the most ancient and the most toughest of all the languages?

Asked by Muktha Radhakrishnan, 13 Jul '09 01:04 pm
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Languages originated on account of the growth and progression of human mind. Mankind was a social animal and language was one of the means to take the next higher step in the social strata of things. Many ancient languages have existed and they have evolved in time to what we know as modern day Greek and Sanskrit. However the most toughest language would be English as it is a phonetically funny language and doesnt make any sense in the natural scheme of languages and is open to interpretation

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Answered by Saj Sierra, 14 Jul '09 02:13 pm

 
  
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Anatomically, some scholars believe the advent of hominid bipedalism around
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
Answered by anantharaman, 15 Jul '09 08:26 am

 
  
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No language is tougher if it is your mother tongue. Is it a mere coincidence that whenever there is a discussion about languages, the word 'mother' does appear automatically?

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
Answered by Krishnakumar Narayanan, 16 Jul '09 02:33 am

 
  
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After man evolved from being a creature to a being with upright posture, superior mental development and a flat face, he also developed a power of articulate speech. He learned that human throat can emanate various sounds. With the help of these sounds he formed alphabets. Hindi languages quite interesting uses all the sounds a human throat can emanate. English and Arabic made use of only 26 sounds to form its alphabets. Further, he learned that these alphabets can be linked together to form words, and words can be formed into sentences. He also learned that these sounds can be represented in form of a drawing. So the alphabets are a form of drawing of a sound. Grammar had evolved much later. I think the language spoken in Southern India are the toughest language.
Answered by Jack Johnson, 15 Jul '09 09:17 am

 
  
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In 1994, an article appeared in Time magazine titled How man began. Within that article was the following bold assertion: No single, essential difference separates human beings from other animals. Yet, in what is obviously a contradiction to such a statement, all evolutionists admit that communication via speech is uniquely humanso much so that it often is used as the singular, and most important, dividing line between humans and animals. In his book, Eve Spoke, evolutionist Philip Lieberman admitted: Speech is so essential to our concept of intelligence that its possession is virtually equated with being human. Animals who talk are human, because what sets us apart from other animals is the gift of speech [emphasis in original].

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
Answered by iqbal ahmed, 13 Jul '09 04:55 pm

 
  
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As the mind of aboriginal human race improved they communicated with signs clubbed with sound, slowly and steadily the sound started being copied and that was the first language ,with the time lag the gruntlinig ,became grumbling and language started developing by coping the words in between the tribes,the verious races of human kind developed various languages .the most ancient Indian language is Sanskrit,almost all the languages contain some of the Sanskrit words or slang's from Sanskrit language. with only difference in context or meaning,IE cheshta in Hindi and Sanskrit is efforts but in marathi means joke
Answered by Kumar Hiranandani, 13 Jul '09 03:06 pm

 
  
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Hw did this question arise same from nowere ,slowly from action to words no gap ,sanskrit and is the most ancient language, toughest is tulu from south canara which dont have lippy
Answered by sanjay shenoy, 13 Jul '09 03:03 pm

 
  
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None is toughest dear if tried
Answered by Shiva, 09 Dec '10 05:02 pm

 
  
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Whatever little our ancient ancestors spoke became language gradually
Answered by anil garg, 24 Jan '10 04:57 pm

 
  
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Tamil ismore ancient than sanskrit,a tough one.
Answered by sundararajan, 13 Jul '09 08:31 pm

 
  
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