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Have you ever realized you're thinking in words? In your brain--without actually speaking those words aloud? In turn, have you ever thought to yourself, how did language evolve?
Where and when, in history, did language actually become congnitive? Speech, such as forming sounds into words? How did the Neanderthals express their thoughts verbally? Where and when did the association of apple actually become the fruit as we know today --let alone the "forbidden fruit" being associated with the word apple; and there is no reference to apple in Genesis. It's simply 'translated in one "language" from another "language" as the fruit from the tree of knowledge'? Is green, the color, actually green as we know it--the shade of grass blades?
I have. Many times.
Humans have a brain functioning at high speed, tho we are reportedly only using a small percentage. And I'm sure that we humans of today's generation learned speech from our parents and they did and their parents...and so on. But going back to days of say---cavemen? How did the man of the house let his woman know he's hungry and wants her to cook? Was it a verbal grunt or two? Was it all hand signals?
I'm contented to visualize our vocal abilities have evolved along with our brains and brain size. Our physical apparatus with language and speaking has also evolved into a highly mechanized tool.
Was it a different movement of humans' vocal chords? Why now in our time do we choke more than past generations? Is our larnyx continuing to evolve?
When we visit foreign lands that the people of the visited land speak a strange language, what do we normally do to communicate? Is it from our instinct and our evolution to use sign language and point along with words?
Did we use signs, and motion of our hands and then find that our hands could make use of tools? And with those tools came a necessity to communicate verbally to allow us to continue working with our hands while 'talking'?
So facinating and yet at the time unanswerable. The study of evolution and language has always intrigued me. So many different languages and translations....all through the evolution of conversing/communicating in those different languages!!!
Should there be more of a universal language? If human evolution is correct, and man 'began' in what is now known as Africa, why then are there so many different species of humans? So many languages. In China, for example, the many hundreds of Chinese dialects differ so much even Chinese from the far eastern shores cannot understand the Chinese to the west?
Where and how did language evolve you wonder?
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