The Origins of Language: Blah, Blah, Yadda, Yadda

By Michel Demyen.

Published by The Learner Collection

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There are over 6000 languages in the world, different dialects within communities, pigins and creole languages, clicks and whistles, guttural and sweet, but how did this all begin? Who, what, how did we learn to speak so many languages? There are many theories. One of those theories suggests that the origin of language is monogenesis, some argue that perhaps the first language began with one of the most unlikely ancestors: Neanderthals. Is this possible? The focus of this paper is whether or not Neanderthals may have had the same capabilities for speech as modern humans.

Keywords: Neanderthals, Language, Archaeology, Ancestor, Speech

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp.1-6. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 644.114KB).

Michel Demyen

Office Administrator, Pacific Institute in Mathematical Sciences, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

I have a BA in Anthropology from the University of Victoria and am currently pursing a MSc in Forensic Science from the University of Florida. For five year I was an international teacher of English and Humanities in S. Korea, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Oman and the Bahamas. Research Assistant for Coast Under Stress, a five year project between the University of Victoria and Memorial University of New Foundland. TESL Global Manager for Vancouver Island, organized and conducted seminars on teaching overseas. For two years I was the owner of Gypsy Quill Publications, a small publishing company responsible for translating manuscripts.

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