How did language begin?

From Professor Simon Kirby’s Garden Talk “How did language begin?
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The origins of language are difficult to trace and are still the subject of debate among linguists and researchers.

There are several theories about the evolution of language, but the most widely accepted theory is that language evolved gradually, over many thousands of years, as a result of the natural process of evolution. According to this theory, early humans developed the ability to communicate through sounds and gestures as a way to improve their chances of survival. Over time, these early forms of communication became more complex and sophisticated, eventually leading to the development of language as we know it today.

Other theories about the evolution of language include the idea that language was invented by a single individual or group of individuals. However, this is an area that is still being researched today.

Learn more about this with our series “Evolution of Language”

How do languages evolve?  From the origins of language to bilingualism, this series journeys into the mysteries of this uniquely human trait and the power it has to change our world.

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