The Root of One Language

Language History

The history of language is very fascinating especially for somebody like me. The diversity of the world’s languages and how they spread are epochs of different peoples and cultures who come into contact with each other whether friendly or hostile and the result is a diverse change in the language(s) on both sides. The cultural identity, ethnicity and nationality of mother tongues are held in high esteem of the people who got invaded because they are the living legacy and remnant that survives to pass on to their posterity to preserve their heritage.

Contemporary ground breaking evidence provides strong evidence for Africa as the birthplace of human language. Dr. Quentin D. Atkinson, a researcher at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, analyzed the sounds in languages spoken around the world and has detected an ancient signal that points to southern Africa as the place where modern human language originated.

Dr. Atkinson, an expert at applying mathematical methods to linguistics, has found a simple but striking pattern in some 500 languages spoken throughout the world: A language area uses fewer phonemes the farther away that early humans had to travel from Africa (loss of language attributes).

Some of the click-using languages of Africa have more than 100 phonemes, whereas Hawaiian, toward the far end of the human migration route out of Africa, has only 13. English has about 45 phonemes.

With statistical and scientific hypothesis it would take a single language 10 to 100 thousand years to diversify. Historically speaking that would take us back to the middle of the Stone Age around the time Homo Sapiens first emerged as a species. This species was a genetically different species from the Negroid, Hebrew, Moorish and ancient indigenous copper-colored peoples.

One Land, One Language, One Eptymology

et·y·mol·o·gy
noun
  1. the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history.
    • the origin of a word and the historical development of its meaning.

It’s very possible that ancient indigenous people lived over 2 million years ago with agricultural societies which meant they were speaking a living language to communicate. If language evolved before the human migration from Africa, 120,000 to 150,000 years ago, it is possible that all the languages spoken today have evolved from a single root language, in the same way that all humans alive today have a common maternal ancestor.

There is also speculation of older languages in use at the time of that migration out of Africa (Alkebulan) that have subsequently died out. That’s a debate for when the earth was one land mass and spoke one language (Pangaea). Biblically speaking, the languages were confounded at the tower of Babel which makes me curious of what time frame this occurred and how much of the land mass was broken up at this time? 

Sources: ScienceDaily.com, NYtimes.com

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