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Origins Of Language . . .

SuperRobotWars
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1/14/2011 6:19:22 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
I wish to analyze the origin of language, not written but spoken . . . did our first spoken languages arise from emulating the sounds of nature or were they based upon the giving of random sounds to the things around us. If the former was correct would there not be an greater consistency of sounds within modern languages . . . ?
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gavin.ogden
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1/14/2011 6:31:23 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Could you rephrase that, please? I am not really understanding the question, but from what I can understand, I believe the answer may already be known.
Zetsubou
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1/14/2011 6:33:28 PM
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Well, it depends on what you consider to be speech and language. homo habilis is the primate species that many believe to have first spoke(at a reasonable level). The field on neurolingustics is currently at dispute over the correct cognitive image for language. It's generally accepted that various part of the frontal lobe are more active during speech but it is also accepted that other parts such as the occipital lope(V1-V4) can potentially be active during speech.
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Zetsubou
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1/14/2011 6:38:09 PM
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It's called Onomatopoeia and yes, it would have been like that originally. Mainly with verbs but nouns and advanced verbs arise from association with proper nouns derived from abstract sounds.
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CosmicAlfonzo
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1/14/2011 7:36:07 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
The origins of language?

Finding patterns. Human beings are notorious pattern finders. Often times even to the point of finding patterns that aren't really there =p
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1/14/2011 9:02:10 PM
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At 1/14/2011 6:19:22 PM, SuperRobotWars wrote:
I wish to analyze the origin of language, not written but spoken . . . did our first spoken languages arise from emulating the sounds of nature or were they based upon the giving of random sounds to the things around us.:

All we can know linguistically, with any measure of accuracy, is from written word. We weren't around to hear spoken word. That deals with philology.
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