The History Of Human Language

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The history of human language is long, complicated and somewhat controversial. Even the definitions of the word “language” are varied slightly. The Merriam-Webster dictionary states, “Language is the system of words or signs that people use to express thoughts and feelings to each other: and one of the systems of human language that are used and understood by a particular group of people: words of a particular kind”. Additionally, the American Heritage Dictionary defines language as, “a communication of thoughts and feelings through a system of arbitrary signals, such as voice sounds, gestures, or written symbols”. Between these two definitions of language we can see how complicated the history of human language actually is. The definitions vary based on the assumptions of whether the writer believes language is more learned or instinctive behavior. The debates on the origin of language are still going on today. There are two basic views represented in the definitions of language. The first view is based on language being primarily a mental faculty of humans to learn languages and the biological differences that are unique to the human brain. The second view is concentrated around the idea that learning a language is natural. While other views are more centered on the structured learning of formal signs.
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The Evolution of Language According to the author Christ Knight, all social animals communicate with each other, all the way from insects to mammals.
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