Human Language Rooted in Monkey ‘Song’ ?

550d Monkey

550d Monkey (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

One of the most mysterious things for me is language and is always my pet research.

According to the Old Testament Bible, there was only one language which was spoken by all. But when the people became idolatrous and started to build and worship the Tower of Babylon, God confused all by making them speak different languages. Since they couldn’t understand each other anymore, the Babylon Tower was never finished.

Now it’s up to you if you will believe the Bible’s claim. What I’m trying to lead to is there was a universal language—maybe even between humans and animals—which could still be embedded in our subconscious (unspoken language).

Previously, MIT linguist Noam Chomsky proposed that there is just one rule for building structure in language, which he called “Merge,” which takes two items and combines them into a set.

Now, some researchers propose that human language represents the blending of two different communication systems, those found in songbirds and monkeys. Content-based language may have its roots in monkey alarm calls, while grammar may come from the expressive parts of bird song.

“One of the big mysteries in the evolution of humans is the evolution of language — it appears to have come out of nowhere 100,000 years ago,” said Shigeru Miyagawa, a linguist at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “There was nothing like it before, and [there is] nothing like it in other animals.” [10 Things That Make Humans Special]

A Perfect Job for a Language Lover
The job of scopist
‘Scopists receive the rough copies of transcripts [typed by the court reporters], check the transcript for missing words or mistakes, edit grammar and punctuation, ensure that proper names and technical or scientific terms are spelled correctly, and format the transcript properly before delivering the transcript back to the court reporter. -Wikipedia

‘Scopists need excellent grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, and research skills, as well as good knowledge of legal terminology, medical terminology, and transcript production. They are typically voracious readers, gatherers of eclectic knowledge, and adept users of technology…’

Is UK Pro-Evolution?
Secular triumph as government bans creationism from free schools and academies
‘Creationism cannot be taught as a valid scientific theory in any free school or academy, the government has said.

‘The move, which came in a little noticed document last week, marks a significant victory for secular campaigners, who have long fought to ensure the freedom granted to free schools and academies does not allow religious ideas to be taught in science classes.

‘New clauses for church academies published on June 9th clarify the meaning of creationism and state that it is a minority view within the Church of England and Catholic church.

‘It then adds: “The requirement on every academy and free school to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in any case prevents the teaching of creationism as evidence based theory in any academy or free school.”…’


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