I think it’s time we get serious about the elephant in the room. Language. No matter how we look at it, no one REALLY knows where it came from.
The first beings that were kind of like us, didn’t have the physical equipment to be able to speak. Another group, who were around at the same time, were more well endowed, as far as vocal cords and all that stuff went. But does anyone think that one of them picked up a twig and said, “STICK,” then suddenly, that word was passed down to every generation thereafter, like monkeys using tools to get insects out of a log with a stick? Or, do you think they sounded like they were speaking ig pay attenlay, otherwise known as pig latin?
See that’s the thing with this whole language mess. Who made it up? Where did it come from? I love it when someone says, “It’s from the Latin word apple.” Excuse me? Where did Latin come from, and who, or WHAT, decided what to name EVERYTHING and invent verbs?
I think it’s impossible to find the beginning of language. Did a man walk into a cave, take one look at the wall and say, “Nice hand and antelope drawings now what’s for dinner?” I don’t THINK so.
Did Latin just spring up from an old toga? Nope. Languages have lots of words. How did any of them get to mean what they mean? Who or what, made it all up.
And..let’s not forget that it’s HARD TO LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE. So, how did they all simply appear, or did the aliens really do it when we started getting cozy with each other and wanted to overthrow them for abuses in labor laws?
There is no logical way to get to the BEGINNING. Just like the Big Bang that never happened. When we don’t know something we pretend that we do, or make up a theory and then everyone says, “OMG finally, we can stop trying to find out what really happened and just tell everyone a story that they’ll believe, because humans aren’t all that bright, and we need more grant money.”
How did language happen? Don’t let anyone tell you how the cave people sounded, or what they talked about on a rainy day. NO ONE KNOWS. Remember what they said about dinosaurs skin, until they found out some of them had FEATHERS? Hard to believe anything we’re told, isn’t it? Look what happened to Pluto.
Do you know that there are words and sounds that you CANNOT pronounce if you didn’t learn how to do it as a wee tot? That’s true. So again, who made that up and where did it all start? I don’t believe that Latin was invented anymore than any other language.
I think language was given to us. Then our memories were erased, not that we’d notice if that happened right now. We really aren’t that bright…we’re just good at fantasizing. We don’t know where all the words came from. And why isn’t there just one language? Again, the aliens did it to us, but let’s just say they didn’t. How many words do we really need for STICK?
I don’t think we’ll ever know the truth. The early people with the more advanced throat things, killed and absorbed the group who could only grunt. It is possible the less well endowed group couldn’t argue their case, but I think, it was just one of the first power plays to take place between our cousins. “Hey, look these guys can’t talk, let’s kill them and take the women.”
I don’t look things up on Google very often, since the answers all come from other human beings, and who can trust any of them? Big Bang, feathered dinosaurs…I mean come on, something is weird in the language department. There is no way to explain it. I mean do you think a bunch of guys sat down, after inventing the wheel and fire, and started making up Latin? Yeah, I don’t think so either. I think they did a lot of pointing and grunting, just like a lot of guys still do today.
And you know males had a hand in it, since the language is so bloody sexist. If aliens were involved, I’m thinking the alien males aren’t much better than the human ones. And I bet the aliens don’t know where their language came from either.
There’s a lot more to this than meets the word, believe me. I mean stone tablets? We were trying to communicate from the beginning, but you don’t just develop a language when you don’t have paper, or do you? Don’t you need a LANGUAGE in order to write? Duh. If you didn’t have words, how could you leave a note? So where did it all come from? And yes, oral stories have been handed down from generation to generation, no paper or stone tablets needed, but the stories were told in WORDS. Where did the words and meanings come from. Where did the descriptive words fit in? How did it all begin?