The Evolutionary Nature of Languages


Languages evolve and some even die out like the language of Latin which was once the “lingua franca” of the expansive Roman Empire. Yet, despite the fact that the evolution of language is an accepted idea, many evolutionary linguists still find it hard to categorically explain the origin of human language. Since the evolutions of most present-day languages span over thousands of years, it would definitely be impossible for the linguists to delineate the exact evolutionary process that brought about the existence of the present-day languages.

Animals likewise have their own ways of communicating with each other, and their ways of communication can be rightly called as languages. Yet, it is warranted to say that human languages are quite unique as compared to the languages of animals. Although apes and other animals make use of gestures and sounds to communicate something, their languages did not evolved into productive languages like those of the languages of humans.

Moreover, the development of grammatical structures among human languages has really paved the way for the progress of human technology and societies. Without these languages, it would be impossible to hand over discoveries and scientific findings that could be easily forgotten if not documented and written for posterity.

There are several thousand of languages around the world. The number of languages is around 7,000 around the world. Some languages, as mentioned earlier had gone out of use. Some others have evolved into new languages that are distinctly different from the root language. Take the case of the Latin language, for example, which had gone out of use. Several modern languages, however, had evolved from the ancient spoken Latin, and these languages are termed Romance Languages such as French, Spanish, Italian, and English, and Portuguese.

Chinese language, on the other hand, is another language that is widely spoken around the world. More than a billion people speak certain forms of Chinese language. If you do not have a working knowledge of Chinese, for example, you certainly are incapable of communicating with more than a billion people in the world. Especially if you’re doing business, not knowing business Chinese which is the current in-trend, would be at your lost. If, however, you are eager to learn Chinese, you would sometimes find yourself in a dilemma as to which dialect and Chinese lessons you should take up. Mandarin, however, is universally accepted as the official language of Taiwan, Singapore, and China; hence, it would be good to learn Mandarin.

Spanish is another spoken language that have wide usage throughout the world. Many of those countries that were formerly colonized by Spain have adapted the Spanish language as their national language. A huge number of South American people, for example, speak Spanish. Have you ever thought how a language exchange between Chinese and Spanish could end up? That would be so interesting!

Similarly, the English language too is another language that is widely spoken throughout the world. In fact, the English language is often tagged as the universal language of the contemporary world. Yet, this claim is highly debatable.

As time goes by, some languages will further evolved and after several years or centuries, some of the presently used languages may end up like the Latin language, dead and no longer in use. However, as long as there are people who are using a particular language, that language will remain alive and will continue to grow and expand.

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