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Where did language originate from?

Where did language originate from? I was just curious, that with all this talk about languages here on Duolingo, where did language actually come from?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ChristianofPeace

I believe the origin is unknown. Recently scientists discovered that neanderthals had the ability to speak like humans so it's possible it started with them. It's also likely another hominid like species invented language in it's spoken form.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuoFaber
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Here's an interesting article on this subject: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00397/full

In sum, the evidence points to modern speech capacities in the common ancestor of Neandertals and modern humans. The auditory specializations for speech on the modern bandwidth are present, the morphology of the larynx looks modern, and air sacs have been replaced by a finely controlled pulmonic airstream mechanism for vocalization. In addition, the gene that is known to be involved in the fine motor control necessary for speech, FOXP2, has its modern form (although possibly not all of its modern regulatory environment). Interestingly, all these changes occurred in the transition from Homo erectus to Homo heidelbergensis, the common ancestor to both Neandertals and modern humans. We suggest therefore that this common ancestor was an articulate mammal.

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https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando
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We inherited, and improved, the ability from our ancestor Homo erectus. Human speech originated where Homo sapiens originated, supposedly in Eastern Africa. According to the latest research the Khoisan languages are the oldest languages around.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FreedomWind

Origin of language on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origin_of_language

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

Well, we're not quite sure. There's really just no evidence for what the first language was, or who spoke it. Here's a cool video that discusses the possible origins of languages: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcc40AowXPQ

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vc120
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That is a very interesting question with a very long answer.

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