belarus
BE
bulgaria
BG
bangladesh
BN
bosnia
BS
spain
CA
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germany
DE
greece
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usa
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great_britain
EN
esperanto
EO
spain
ES
estonia
ET
iran
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finnland
FI
france
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israel
HE
croatia
HR
hungary
HU
indonesia
ID
italy
IT
japan
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georgia
KA
india
KN
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KO
lithuania
LT
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india
MR
netherlands
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india
PA
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brazil
PX
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russia
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slovakia
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serbia
SR
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SV
ukraine
UK
vietnam
VI
china
ZH

The development of language

Why we speak with each other is clear. We want to exchange ideas and understand each other. How exactly language originated, on the other hand, is less clear. Various theories exist about this. What's certain is that language is a very old phenomenon. Certain physical traits were a prerequisite for speaking. They were necessary in order for us to form sounds. People as far back as the Neanderthals had the ability to apply their voice. In this way, they could distinguish themselves from animals. Additionally, a loud, firm voice was important for defence. A person could threaten or frighten enemies with it. Back then, tools had already been made and fire had been discovered. This knowledge had to be passed along somehow. Speech was also important for hunting in groups. As early as 2 million years ago there was a simple understanding among people. The first linguistic elements were signs and gestures. But people wanted to be able to communicate in the dark too. More importantly, they also had the need to talk to each other without looking. Therefore, the voice developed, and it replaced the gestures. Language in today's sense is at least 50,000 years old. When Homo sapiens left Africa, they distributed language around the world. The languages separated from each other in the different regions. That is to say, various language families came into being. However, they only contained the fundamentals of language systems. The first languages were much less complex than languages today. They were further developed through grammar, phonology and semantics. It could be said that different languages have different solutions. But the problem was always the same: How do I show what I'm thinking?

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