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You guys are all kind of wrong.

This is news because most people believed that language originated from the fertile crescent area (middle east) and spread outwards creating the three distinct language groups (africa, european and asian). This was called proto-indo-european. Now, I didn't read the article, but if he's got some significant proof that language is derived from Africa originally, we've got a new theory on our hands.

(I remember this from AP Human Geography, and I passed that class, so I think I'm a little qualified to say this)
Nice, I didn't know that! Good stuff.

I was going to reply to more posts, but they proved their intelligence levels on their own. EITHER WAY, this is an amazing find. For all you who want to understand how you can do this, all language sounds different but that's not the only way to go about comparing language. Phonics/structure play the largest part, words themselves mean nothing. Phonics however get passed down, even when languages get adopted or changed. You can then trace that back, Germanic Vs Latin phonics and structure! It's a real interesting if you think about it, how language is really broken down into sounds and structure. The sounds themselves meaningless!

[edit] I forgot, some languages don't exactly have "phonics". However, that doesn't mean they don't use similar ideas. You just follow the structure/sound back to it's origins and roots.
Edited by mushroomboy - 4/15/11 at 11:05pm
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Makes sense. The ancient Sumerians then invented writing, mathematics, and many other things far ahead of their time, during about 4000 ad.
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Please stay on topic from here on out. I don't want to come back in order to clean this up again!

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A researcher analyzing the sounds in languages spoken around the world has detected an ancient signal that points to southern Africa as the place where modern human language originated.

The finding fits well with the evidence from fossil skulls and DNA that modern humans originated in Africa. It also implies, though does not prove, that modern language originated only once, an issue of considerable controversy among linguists.

The detection of such an ancient signal in language is surprising. Because words change so rapidly, many linguists think that languages cannot be traced very far back in time. The oldest language tree so far reconstructed, that of the Indo-European family, which includes English, goes back 9,000 years at most.
What if that moment of origination was the Tower of Babel?
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