Why don't humans have a universal verbal language?

 Kimmy Svitak (@secretcow)8 years, 1 month ago

Most animals have a universal language that they can use to communicate with other animals of the same specie. Why do humans have many different languages, such as French, English, Spanish, the list just goes on and on, that we speak? Why don’t we have one universal language that all humans speak? (This is purely verbal language, and not body language).

August 18, 2013 at 9:23 pm
Zykanthos (4,757)M (@chodebalm) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

Linguists don’t know; there’s just not enough information about the origins of language, and there are only theories about how our early ancestors formed their first words and sentences. Did early people imitate sounds they heard in the environment? Did they babble until certain sounds took on meaning? We’ll probably never know, though linguists still study babies’ brains to determine if language or grammar comes hardwired in our heads.

One prominent theory about the development of the first languages relates to tools and resources. Teaching another person how to use tools requires a certain, agreed-upon vocabulary, as does the process of sharing and protecting resources like food and shelter. Small groups of people living in close quarters would therefore need to develop a way to understand each other, so they came up with a vocabulary and syntax that meant something to them. A group of people across the world from them, though, would probably need an entirely different vocabulary of words, so the languages would have developed differently in isolation. Think of the oft-quoted (but erroneous) example that Eskimos have 100 different words for snow because they have so much of it. While that common statement is wrong, there are cultures that have far more words for rice and camels than, say, English does.

So these small groups of people, living in isolation from one another, agreed on names for their tools and food, and they came up with ways to describe how resources would be divided. But when another group migrated into the area, or came with different resources to trade, the groups had to find a way to merge their different lexicons and communicate. Over time, that’s how languages have developed, and as some groups conquered others, that’s how some languages died out.

Source: http://www.howstuffworks.com/speak-same-language.htm

Conner J. (1,558) (@connerj93) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@secretcow, the monkeys who took the mushrooms were influenced in different parts of the gloooooobe.

Jan Reed (0) (@janreed1) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

It is very probable that humans do have a universal verbal language. Ever think of reading the work on universal verbal language that is the first site listed for “universal verbal language” on Google and Bing ? You might want to read the introduction to the work, as well as, “Theory of linguistic derivation: continuing study” and “Unconscious frameworks in your consciousness”, on the site.
It is, in all probability, only a matter of discovering the universal meanings of language sounds and constructing words from them.
Note – the academic establishment, and, for all practical purposes, all of those in the rest of the establishment, are opposed to research in this field. They wish to suppress truth, knowledge, and understanding of the universal basis of human language, and understanding of the MORAL SCIENCES (see the introduction to the work on the home page).
Jan Reed – owner of domain names
http://www.universalverballanguage.com , .net , .org
http://www.oneplanetonenation.net , .org
http://www.moralsciencefoundation.com , .net , .org
– replies can also be sent to: [email protected]

Anonymous (175) (@) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

er..we’re a different species, this is enough reason. Also, animal communication can differ amongst regions and subspecies.

I think one cause could be we can spontaneously make language. Another is that if populations get isolated, we make new languages. At least these are common theories in linguistics.

Jan Reed (0) (@janreed1) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

To: Desifemilove;
If you did not read my response, I would suggest that you do so, and follow the recommendation, unless, of course, as I suspect, you are one of the enemies of truth and knowledge on this subject.
Mr. Jan Reed

Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

Thong in Australia means something different from thong in the U.S, words change, meanings change, accents change. I think English will probably one day be Earths universal language, not because the big “important” countries like the U.S and U.K speak it, but because English is such a blend of so many different languages already, most English words are derivative of French, Spanish, German, Italian, Latin, Arabic, Chinese, Gaelic and more.

Jan Reed (0) (@janreed1) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

To those interested in the facts and scientific evidence regarding the subject of universal verbal language:
– recommend that you read my extended response in this thread, and “Theory of linguistic derivation: continuing study” at http://www.universalverballanguage.org
Mr. Jan Reed

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