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Does anybody know?
Due to the complexity of this theme and its links to other subjects, including the many centuries of speculations and little direct evidence, it is possible to say that nobody knows about its origin. However, it is no doubt a good debate among historians and other scholars up to today. Nevertheless, two central hypothesis remain the focus of these debates;
Belief in the divine creation (Creationism).
Natural Evolution (Darwinian)
From these two branches, six main theories were developed,
The divine source
The natural sound source
The social interaction source
The physical adaptation source
The tool-making source
The genetic source
However, there are another interesting six theories with rather funny names,
The bow-wow theory
The pooh-pooh theory
The ding-dong theory
The yo-he-ho theory
The ta-ta theory
The la-la theory
Below is a fantastic infographic created by the artist Minna Sundberg , which also gives a great perspective on the subject.
Lera Boroditsky, a cognitive scientist and professor, known for her research in the fields of language and cognition, says that there are about 7000 languages spoken around the world. However, do they shape the way we think?
Whatever route we choose to take in finding out more about this topic, it is almost impossible that we will arrive at a conclusive answer. Nonetheless, the truth is that we cannot live without communicating. Our inert communication skills is another mystery amongst many studies still today, but it is, no doubt the base for any language formation, and independently of its focus, it continues developing and changing its structures as our technology growths stronger and stronger every day.
Learning to communicate is one of our sources of survival, and since children, we learn to express and understand emotion/feeling (hunger, fear, happiness) to be able to deal with our needs and desires to understand the many challenges in life.
According to today's studies, it seems that to communicate we only need two things; the ability to think and the intention of expressing what that thought means. Today we can interact in many ways, and we developed several different formats of languages to do this, example; sign languages, body languages, foreign languages, visual/written, audio/music, etc.
We have this incredible ability to improve, and or complicate, what is happening within ourselves (thoughts, feelings and emotions. The expression of our experiences became something that must be shared, and its specific meaning is too valuable to be lost in translation. Therefore we created some rules (draws/letters, grammar/structures, pronunciation/sounds) to facilitate this process.
Obviously, there are several speculations about the origins of languages and we are here only trying to give you a taste of it, watch the video below if you still want to listen to a great 7minutes version of more history of the language.
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