Have you ever wondered the origin of all languages spoken in the world today? According to a new scientific research, all the world’s numerous languages date back to a single dialect that was spoken in pre-historic Africa.
Scientists from the University of Auckland in New Zealand embarked on a major research to find out the origin and mother of all languages spoken today in this world.
The extraordinary study found out that the countless numbers of languages spoken all over the world today have strong links to one language which was spoken in the continent of Africa several thousands of years ago before civilization came.
According to the study, about Seventy Thousand years ago there is ample proof that humans spoke only one single dialect or language.
The report made by Dr Quentin Atkinson of the University of Auckland stated that the Sub-Saharan region of Africa is the cradle or the base where the thousands of languages spoken all over the world today originated from. Can you believe that? I find this a totally incredible discovery!
The scientists revealed that their research method was purely based on phonemes – the smallest unit of speech that can be used to make one word different from another word.
Dr Quentin and his team carefully studied the phonemes from over five hundred languages and found out from their research that the languages that had the most phonemes were the oldest ones.
The team found out that that some of the languages spoken in Africa have over one hundred phonemes whereas languages spoken in Hawaii which is the furthest point on the migration route out of Africa only has a total of thirteen phonemes.
The findings of the study showed ample proof that the further away you move from Africa – Sub-Saharan Africa in particular the fewer phonemes you get. So it goes without saying that Sub-Saharan Africa is the point where all languages spoken today all over the world originated from.
The findings of this latest research agrees with the scientific ‘Out of Africa’ theory which states that early humans evolved only in Sub-Saharan Africa, having evolved here, these humans migrated to the rest of the world. According to scientists, this was about 50,000 to 70,000 years ago. This period is the same time frame referred to in the report by Dr Quentin Atkinson.
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