Has any research been done on why language only evolved with humanity?
From an evolutionary point of view, certain strong helpful mutations left species stronger and therefore able to pass down their improvements to their offspring. Sight, smell, hearing are all traits in this argument. However, language, arguably the greatest ability, is said to have evolved only once 150,000 years ago with homo sapiens. While other animals such as bees and dolphins can communicate, language has only come about once. Why do you suppose that is?
yes, they tried, but frogs, birds & orangutangs never bothered to return the survey
The current theory is that as Homo Sapiens developed the use of tools language became more intricate with the need to pass this technology down to descendants. Today's computer technology, for instance, requires words and concepts that were not around 50 years ago.
For some excellent work on the social and cultural impact of language and it"s development I would recommend Prof' Noam Chomsky.
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