Is an ancient African dialect the mother of all languages?
In a startling revelation, scientists have claimed that all modern languages, across different continents, had their origins in a single mother tongue spoken in ancient Africa. They study has found out that 50,000 to 70,000 years ago, the language spoken by a section of the Africans of the time was adapted across regions and led to the evolution of the 6,000 languages of the modern world.
The study was conducted by the University of Auckland under the aegis of Quentin Atkinson. The study further claims that the
history of speech is much longer than what is generally believed. According to the research, which has been published in different journals, a single native language in Africa is the mother of all languages. The results have created a stir in the linguists' world as most scholars advocate the theory that different languages evolved in different epochs in history and independently of each other.
Atkinson's study propounds the theory that a great migration of the African people led to the spread of the language to other continents where it was acclimatised. In due course of time, the language evolved, branched and changed character significantly. The Wall Street Journal, while referring to Atkinson's report, said recently, "It was the catalyst that spurred the human expansion that we all are a product of." Significantly, Atkinson's study also claims that this "mother tongue" was also responsible for the advancement of hunting tools and methods and played an important role in the gradual establishment of culture.
Atkinson arrived to this "single mother language" conclusion after diligent exploration of 504 world languages with specific details pertaining to their consonants, vowels and tones. He claims to have got compelling evidence that the ancient dialect spoken by our stone-age ancestors contained the origins of all languages.
The study also mentioned that while English has about 45 phonemes, the nearest regions to Africa have more than 100 phonemes and Hawaiian, which is at the farthest point of the human migration route out of Africa, has merely 13. This possibly demonstrates that as civilisations mushroomed from one corner of the world to another, there was an obvious transformation of the firstlanguage that consistently changed character and evolved into an entirely new language, albeit with some residues of the ancient dialect. It is to be noted that humans are said to have spread some 70,000 years ago from the Sub-saharan Africa to different parts of the globe.