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Currently there are more than 6,000 languages spoken around the world. With each language there is a unique culture.
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Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language - Episode # 1 Let There Be Words

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Origin of language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The origin of language in the human species has been the topic of scholarly discussions for several centuries. In spite of this, there is no consensus on its ultimate origin or age. One problem that makes the topic difficult to study is the lack of direct evidence, since neither languages nor the ability to produce them fossilizes. Consequently, scholars wishing to study the origins of language must draw inferences from other kinds of evidence such as the fossil record or from archaeological evidence, from contemporary language diversity, from studies of language acquisition, and from comparisons between human language and systems of communication existing among other animals, particularly other primates. It is generally agreed that the origins of language are closely tied to the origins of modern human behavior, but there is little agreement about the implications and directionality of this connection.

This fact that empirical evidence is limited has led many scholars to regard the entire topic as unsuitable for serious study. In 1866, the Linguistic Society of Paris went so far as to ban debates on the subject, a prohibition which remained influential across much of the western world until late in the twentieth century.[1] Today, there are numerous hypotheses about how, why, when, and where language might first have emerged.[2] It might seem that there is hardly more agreement today than there was a hundred years ago, when Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection provoked a rash of armchair speculations on the topic.[3] Since the early 1990s, however, a growing number of professional linguists, archaeologists, psychologists, anthropologists, and others have attempted to address with new methods what they are beginning to consider "the hardest problem in science".[4]

Approaches to the origin of language can be divided according to their underlying assumptions. "Continuity theories" are based on the idea that language is so complex that one cannot imagine it simply appearing from nothing in its final form: it must have evolved from earlier pre-linguistic systems among our primate ancestors. "Discontinuity theories" are based on the opposite idea — that language is a unique trait so it cannot be compared to anything found among non-humans and must therefore have appeared fairly suddenly during the course of human evolution. Another contrast is between theories that see language mostly as an innate faculty that is largely genetically encoded, and those that see it as a system that is mainly cultural — that is, learned through social interaction.[5]

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Syncopated Productions -Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language Episode Four - Civilization to Colonzation

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Syncopated Productions -Speaking in Tongues:  The History of Language Epissode Two - Constant Change

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Syncoapted Productions Speaking in Tongues : Video on Demand

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Dying languages: scientists fret as one disappears every 14 days | Toronto Star

Dying languages: scientists fret as one disappears every 14 days  | Toronto Star | Languages of the world | Scoop.it
As many as half of the world’s 7,000 languages are expected to be extinct by the end of this century.
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HISTORY OF LANGUAGE

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HISTORY OF LANGUAGE including Words on the brain, Origins of language, Linguistic groups, Language and race, Enclaves of language, Romance and Germanic, Linguistic evolution, Imperial tongues, New languages from old...
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Syncopated Productions - Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language Episode Five -Life and Death

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Syncopated Productions - Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language Episode Three -Mother Tongues

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Syncopated Productions -Speaking in Tongues The History of Language - Episode One - Let There Be Words

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Syncopated Productions - Speaking in Tongues The History of Language series details

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Speaking in Tongues The History of Langauge
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