The Emergence Of Spoken Language

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The emergence of Spoken Language

“Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about,” says Benjamin Lee Whorf. Indeed, the significance of language in most societies regardless of the language. Communication has become an essential part of people’s daily lives. However, have you ever asked yourself how the early hominids or our early ancestors were communicating? Did they even have a language? Scholars have tried to come up with different theories about how the first spoken language emerged. It is impossible to imagine a cultural occurrence that is more significant than the emergence of language. It is like ignoring the Age of Enlightenment, which is the period when cultural and social changes occurred emphasizing reason, analysis and individualism rather than traditional ways of thinking. However, the origin of language is what allowed such cultural and social changes to take place. We, our modern humans have developed an ability to communicate through oral language. Most of us can understand, as well as express, written thoughts. Scientific scholars have explained not only how speech emerged in early hominids, but also why different languages exist. Linguistic research, combined with neurological studies, has determined that human speech is highly dependent on a neuronal network located in specific sites within the brain. However, other theories have been used to explain the emergence of spoken language. The following paper examines the true…
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