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In Search of the First Language


In Search of the First Language

Tower of Babel vs Linguistics - the quest for the first language

Did one original language shatter into many? The Tower of Babel, the evolution of languages and the quest for Proto-World.

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The Tower of Babel is one of humankind's early attempts to explain the variety of languages spoken across the earth. Thousands of years later, philologists and linguists studied the natural evolution of language. So then, what's the true story of language history?

In this video, we'll look at the traditional interpretation of the Tower of Babel story: the Adamic language once split into 72 languages to confuse people. Then we'll consider how historical linguistics compared cognates, established language families and traced related languages back to a common proto-language.

Right where historical linguistics hits mysteries and dead ends, you'll meet the long rangers. These linguistic mavericks dared to go further back in time. Finally, briefly see why mainstream linguistics dismisses long-range findings as pseudoscientific.


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The Oldest Language

There's a lot of debate surrounding this question on the internet. But as you may have guessed, it is not so straightforward... But we can look at it as objectively as possible. Now I urge you to not to jump to conclusions before you finish the video and jump to the comments section...

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What Was the First Language? Why Did God Confuse it?

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What Did the First Human Language Sound Like?

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Like most things in human history, language is a result of evolution. In fact, all of today's languages can be traced back to a single common linguistic ancestor called Proto-Human, a language spoken between 50,000 and 100,000 years ago.

But what did this Proto-Human language sound like? Unless scientists can first build a time machine, we can never be sure, but we have some guesses. In fact, Proto-Human may have had a word order that made us sound like Yoda.

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One of Best Discoveries of humanity, Communication between people, imagine the world without communication if you’re feeling lost without communication, then you’re not alone, everyone feels the same way. According to a survey, there are 6000+ languages spoken today, and the roots of these languages go beyond your imagination.So Today we will try to list the Top 10 Oldest Languages in the World Maybe, yes maybe because we can’t predict precisely because it’s tough find the history of languages, but we will try our best.So, many contenders make a list of the oldest languages. Let’s take a look at the top ten oldest languages in the world.

The First Language

The modern Church calls the first language of mortals, the Adamic language. But this is meaningless, since Adam was the first mortal and whatever language he spoke would be the first. It says nothing about the language itself. According to the rabbis, the first language was Hebrew. But this cannot be. The original language came from God and preceded all human languages. The first language no longer exists and we have no recorded examples. The story of the tower of Babel, incorrectly assumes that the first language was preserved until the confusion of tongues. But languages had already been created during the time of Adam. The event at tower confused language, but did not create new languages. The first language was the language of God and angels. It is pure and perfect. Joseph Smith was given the name of God the Father in the pure language - Ahman.

What's the World's Oldest Language?

The world's oldest language is unknown and unknowable-- the limitations of historical preservation and linguistic reconstruction are to thank for that. Even so, there's a lot to say about truly ancient languages and the birth of human speech.

Further Reading:

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages (Roger Woodard, ed.) is my go-to source for most of the languages mentioned here. Expensive, yes, but when it's 2 AM and you just HAVE to know about Phrygian grammar, where else are you going to turn? (Not an affiliate link.)

If you're wondering how we know that languages around major civilizations get replaced while languages in more peripheral areas tend to persist, Linguistic Diversity in Space and Time by Johanna Nichols is the book for you. It gets very technical very fast, but the first chapter, where Nichols lays out her theory of spread zones and residual zones, is a must-read for anyone interested in linguistics. (Not an affiliate link.)

Language Log has a discussion of the world's oldest in-use writing system and the question of how far back a Chinese speaker could read Chinese.

Here's an article about Nicaraguan sign language. I love Ed Yong's science journalism.

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First Language - The Race to Save Cherokee

This Emmy Award-winning documentary chronicles the efforts of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to preserve and revitalize the endangered Cherokee language.

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How Did Language Begin

Origin of language

Sound of Ancient Languages

Ancient Languages:

Ancient Egypt / 3100 BC - 332 BC
Achaemenids / 550 BC–330 BC
Ancient Greece / c. 800 BC - c. 600 AD
Ancient Rome / 753 BC–476 AD
Assyria / 1813 BC–612 BC
Göktürks / 552 AD-744 AD
Hittites / c. 1600 BC–c. 1178 BC
Akkadians / c. 2334 BC - c. 2154 BC
Aztec / c. 1100 AD - 1533 AD
Celts / c. 517 BC - C. 100 AD
Mayans / c. 2000 BC - c. 1700 AD
Sumerians / 4000 BC - 2000 BC
Urartu / 860 BC–590 BC
Vikings / 800AD - 1066 AD

The First Human Language … the Tomb of Shu'ayb….. and Joseph's Dirhams

If Moses migrated from the Sharqia Governorate in the northern part of Egypt to ‘Madyan’, which is said to be located in Saudi Arabia, north of the Hijaz, Moses had to be a fluent speaker in Arabic, the native language in Saudi Arabia. This is the only way he could have successfully managed the dialogue with the girls and their father at the well in ‘Madyan’.

If we accept this scenario, the Torah would have been written in hieroglyphics, since Egyptian hieroglyphs were the formal writing system used in Ancient Egypt.

Well, we know that this did not happen!

The Qur'an says ‘And to (the people of) Madyan, (We sent) their brother Shu`ayb.’

But …. Where is the tomb of the Prophet Shu'ayb? The answer is in Yemen.
Where is Mount Shu'ayb? The answer is in Yemen.
Where is Prophet Shu'ayb’s mosque? The answer is in Yemen.
Then where is Madyan located? Where had Moses fled to escaping the Pharaoh? The answer again is ‘Yemen’.

The Qura’n says: ‘And they sold him for a reduced price – a few dirhams’

It only follows that if we know which part of Egypt used the dirham at the time, then this will lead us to find out where in Egypt ‘Joseph’ was sold.

Did it take place in the north of Misr close to Egypt or in the south of Misr close to Sudan?

This is what we will uncover in the next episode of The Journey.

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Is Tamil the OLDEST Language in the World?

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There is one comment that seems to come up many more times than other comments on this channel, and that is the idea that Tamil is the world's oldest language.

In this video, I strive to figure out just that: is Tamil the world's oldest language? Just how long has Tamil been spoken? Where did this idea come from? Whether you're on the side of hard evidence or spiritual beliefs and ancient mythology, this is a perplexing question that may not have an answer. Enjoy the ride!






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First language acquisition

This video lecture is a part of the course 'An Introduction to English Linguistics' at the University of Neuchâtel. This is session 22, which addresses the topic of language acquisition. How is it that children acquire language so fast and so effortless? Do parents reinforce language learning? Do children have innate language-learning capabilities?

The comparision between first language acqusition and second language learning

This video try to shed light on the main similarities and differences between first language acquisition and second language learning. It is meant for students of applied linguistics, TEFL and TESOL. I also believe is going to come in handy for everyone who has any link with teaching and learning profession as teachers for example. #Education #Psychology #Teaching #Learning

5 Oldest Languages In The World

Here are The 5 Oldest Languages In The World.
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The Evolution of Language & The Tower of Babel - Professor Steve Jones

Professor Jones explains how, like creatures, languages have also evolved through time and was the first scientific statement of the process of the existence of evolution.

An extract from a lecture entitled 'Did God Evolve? An Evolutionists Speculation about Religion':


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People-first language is a type of linguistic prescription in English. It aims to avoid perceived and subconscious dehumanization when discussing people with disabilities and is sometimes referred to as a type of disability etiquette. People-first language can also be applied to any group that is defined by a condition rather than as a people: for example, those that are homeless rather than the homeless.

The basic idea is to use a sentence structure that names the person first and the condition second, for example people with disabilities rather than disabled people or disabled, in order to emphasize that they are people first. Because English syntax normally places adjectives before nouns, it becomes necessary to insert relative clauses, replacing, e.g., asthmatic person with a person who has asthma. Furthermore, the use of to be is deprecated in favor of using to have.

By using such a sentence structure, the speaker articulates the idea of a disability as a secondary attribute, not a characteristic of a person's identity. Critics of this rationale point out that separating the person from the trait implies that the trait is inherently bad or less than, and thus dehumanizes people with disabilities.

The term people-first language first appears in 1988 as recommended by advocacy groups in the United States. The usage has been widely adopted by speech-language pathologists and researchers, with 'person who stutters' (PWS) replacing 'stutterer'

The most common alternative to person-first language is usually called identity-first language, as it places the identifying condition before the personal term. For example, while someone who prefers person-first language might ask to be called a person with autism, someone who prefers identity-first language would ask to be called an autistic person. There is no common term for use of identifying conditions as nouns, but it is not usually preferred apart from select communities, such as dwarfs.

The Sapir–Whorf hypothesis is the basis for ideologically motivated linguistic prescriptivism. The Sapir–Whorf hypothesis states that language use significantly shapes perceptions of the world and forms ideological preconceptions.

In the case of people-first language, preconceptions judged to be negative allegedly arise from placing the name of the condition before the term person or people. Proponents of people-first language argue that this places an undue focus on the condition which distracts from the humanity of the members of the community of people with the condition.

Many organizations publish disability etiquette guides that prescribe people-first language. The For Dummies guide to etiquette (2007) also prescribes people-first language.

Adherence to the rules of people-first language has become a requirement in at least one academic journal.

Critics have objected that people-first language is awkward, repetitive and makes for tiresome writing and reading. C. Edwin Vaughan, a sociologist and longtime activist for people who are blind, argues that since in common usage positive pronouns usually precede nouns, the awkwardness of the preferred language focuses on the disability in a new and potentially negative way. Thus, according to Vaughan, it only serves to focus on disability in an ungainly new way and calls attention to a person as having some type of 'marred identity' in terms of Erving Goffman's theory of identity.

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