World’s languages traced back to single African mother tongue: scientists.
New Zealand researchers have traced every human language —
from English to Mandarin — back to an ancestral language spoken in
Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.
Scientists say they have traced the world’s 6,000 modern languages —
from English to Mandarin — back to a single “mother tongue,” an
ancestral language spoken in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.
New research, published in the journal Science, suggests this single
ancient language resulted in human civilization — a Diaspora — as well
as advances in art and hunting tool technology, and laid the groundwork
for all the world’s cultures.
The research, by Quentin Atkinson from the University of Auckland in
New Zealand, also found that speech evolved far earlier than previously
thought. And the findings implied, though did not prove, that modern
language originated only once, an issue of controversy among linguists,
according to the New York Times.
Before Atkinson came up with the evidence for a single African origin
of language, some scientists had argued that language evolved
independently in different parts of the world.
Atkinson found that the first populations migrating from Africa laid the groundwork for all the world’s cultures by
taking their single language with them. “It was the catalyst that
spurred the human expansion that we all are a product of,” Atkinson
said, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Atkinson traced the number distinct sounds, or phonemes — consonants,
vowels and tones — in 504 world languages, finding compelling evidence
that they can be traced back to a long-forgotten dialect spoken by our Stone Age ancestors, according to the Daily Mail.
Atkinson also hypothesized that languages with the most sounds would
be the oldest, while those spoken by smaller breakaway groups would
utilize fewer sounds as variation and complexity diminished.
The study found that some of the click-using languages of Africa have
more than 100 phonemes, or sounds, whereas Hawaiian, toward the far end
of the human migration route out of Africa, has only 13, the Times
reported. English has about 45 phonemes.
The phoneme pattern mirrors the pattern of human genetic diversity as
humans spread across the globe from sub-Saharan Africa around 70,000
This gives me LIFE from people who insist all languages (ALL no matter what) derive from latin bases.