What Was Important Enough For Language to Form?

We may not know exactly when it began, or how… but new ideas suggest a who and possibly a why.

Katrina Paulson

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I don’t need to tell you how vital language is to us. Without it, I couldn’t type these words and you wouldn’t be reading them. Much of our culture, knowledge, and history would be eradicated.

It’s hard to imagine existing without language. I mean, plenty of animals communicate without using words, and body language does go a long way, but we’re the only animal on the planet with languages like ours. It’s only natural to wonder about its origin.

Mysteries of Language

Scientists continue to debate when Homo Sapiens developed language. Some say it was between 50,000 and 150,000 years ago, while others claim it was between 5 and 27 million years ago. Regardless, there are plenty of hypotheses pertaining to the how or why language developed ranging from tool use to a spontaneous mutation of our DNA.

Another popular one I remember being told is that language came about when ancient humans learned how to make fire and began cooking meat. That language developed as a way to spend time while waiting for the food to finish, then blossomed from there — similar to one claiming the same happened while…

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Katrina Paulson

I wonder about humanity, questions with no answers, and new discoveries. Then I write about them here and on substack! https://curiousadventure.substack.com