Language evolution & origin of Human Communication

Language evolution is the molding of our ancestral modes to communicate with each other like gestures or different kind of sounds into somehow linguistic form. Language evolution emerged about 50,000 to 100,000 years ago and prior to this, gestures and basic sounds were used to talk to others. Language evolution and origin of human communication is a quite interesting history.

Language is the engrossing aspect of human history. Language allows to express feelings, emotions, ideas and opinions with others. It is important to know how language evolved? How gestures and pointing is transformed to the sophisticated grammar and vocabulary we use today. In this article, we will discuss the evolution of language and origin of human communication from simple to complex structures. Mainly, cultures, modern technology and social meet ups helped human to promote their languages so that they may communicate easily in a quite understandable form.

1. The origins of language: The grunt theory

Grunt theory of origin of languages suggests that early humans communicated through grunts and other non-verbal sounds. Grunt theory seems to be simple but there are some evidences that proves the theory has some truth to it.

We can move no faster than the evolution of our language, and this is certainly part of what the psychedelics are about: they force the evolution of language.

Terence McKenna 

About 100000 years or more ago, people have to live together, work together to get food and defend themselves to survive. They must have to use some types of suggestions or basic sounds to convey their messages or intensions to others. Then the evolution of language was not done so these grunts and other sounds may have evolved into more complex vocalizations, such as the chirps and calls of birds and other animals. With the passage of time, enhancement of understanding and development of brain, human evolved language for the communication so that each human may understand the basic human language.

2. The emergence of grammar: The cognitive revolution

The cognitive revolution, which occurred between 70,000 and 30,000 years ago, was a major turning point in the origin of language. This period marked the emergence of grammar as a key feature of language.
Before the cognitive revolution and emergence of grammar, human language was likely limited to simple sounds, gestures, and perhaps a few basic words. However, during this time, there was a significant increase in complexity of the human brain development, which allowed for more sophisticated cognitive abilities and communication skills.

It was a major breakthrough in evolution of language that paved the emergence of a basic human language for communication.

3. Language Diversity

Language diversity show the difference of languages in all cultures. More than 70’000 languages are spoken today in the world that have their unique cultural importance.

All human language draws its nature and value from the fact that it both comes from the Word of God and is chosen by God to manifest himself. But this relationship is secret and incomprehensible, beyond the bounds of reason and analysis.

Jacques Ellul

Some languages has complex structure like Chinese and Hindi languages have a complex grammar. So languages are simple and quite easy to understand like Indonesian because of its simple grammar structure. The vocabulary of different languages can be vastly different from each other as well. Some languages have a large number of words to describe specific concepts, like the German word “schadenfreude” describes the feeling of pleasure at someone else’s misfortune. In this way, each language is quite different in its grammatical and structural formation and all are different from each other.

The future of language

As cultural differences and adaptation of technology has changed the whole linguistic structure. Now, different modes of communication are introduced that may describe your opinions or emotions by just one click. We may say that from grunts and gestures then modern language evolution and now we are again transformed towards the language of images that describe our whole intension.

How technology is changing the way we communicate?

As technology advances, communication also advances. The future of language is exciting and constantly evolving from its origin till now. One major shift is the use of emojis, which are increasingly becoming a universal language to express feelings and intensions. Emojis are used to express emotions, ideas, and even complete thoughts, often replacing the need for written or spoken language to communicate.

AI has also advanced the communication. Artificial intelligence and chatbots can communicate to human individuals and answer the queries.

This era is the modern in all its aspects. Human has developed its mind, the culture is also shifted to an advanced level, same is the language. Languages are also changed and evolved time to time.

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