By: ALEXIS GILLEY
Today there are 6500 different languages spoken, varying from some of the most common, like mandarin to some of the least common like Tenema. So, where did language come from, how did we get here with our vocabulary?
Records of human language go back 5000 years, though it is believed that they had spoken before, just with a less formed structure for words and grammar. In the Linguistic Society of America article it stated that, “Intuitively, one might speculate that hominids (human ancestors) started by grunting or hooting or crying out,” and that the true origin is but a mystery.
Today with so many different languages it is believed that they started from one individual language and later building off, hence the reason some languages have similar words or grammatical constructions. History World.net states, “The most widespread group of languages today is the Indo-European…This group is believed to descend from the language of a tribe of nomads roaming the plains of eastern Europe and western Asia as recently as about 3000 BC. From about 2000 BC people speaking Indo-European languages began to spread through Europe.”
The Indo european languages consist of English, Spanish, German, Latin, Greek, Russian, Italic, celtic and much more. Languages were pushed across the globe when people would conquer land and take over or in big trade areas where you would need to understand enough of the other language to compromise a deal. Like in today’s society, groups form new words and sayings creating another ‘Wall of language’ across the lands.
Even from California to New York there are still many differentiating slang. Still all of it being english, there are words that could be considered gibberish due to how over time languages build upon themselves.