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    Who created words?

    Does anyone have any idea of who created words?

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    Re: Who created words?

    Humans, a very long time ago.

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    #3

    Re: Who created words?

    And it looks like they still are.

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    #4

    Re: Who created words?

    Does nobody have a clue who really did it?

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    Re: Who created words?

    There isn't even agreement on when or where, little alone who. Probably some Neanderthal (literally).

    Human speech is estimated to have started somewhere between 65,000-100,000 years ago. Theories differ. There's not even agreement on where to draw the line between words and sounds with meaning. There's no definitive way to prove anything it was so long ago. Writing, on the other hand, is relatively new, having started only (roughly around 8,000-10,000 years ago).

    One consistent feature of any language, is that it evolves. New words are constantly being invented, old words drop out of usage. Those words are created by the speakers of a given language (or sometimes borrowed from another language).

    So I wasn't joking when I said "humans" - assuming you don't want to argue the difference between Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens.

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    Re: Who created words?

    I thought someone would know but it looks like it is a mystery.

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    Re: Who created words?

    There are various theories about how language emerged, but the answer is that we do not know. Speech evolved long before writing, so there are no records, which makes the theories speculation. We can say where and when writing emerged, but the words already existed. All human societies, however,have language. The words they use are arbitrary- it's simply a matter of a speech community agreeing to use a word for something. Some people suggest that language is innate- humans are born with the desire/need for it, and they then adapt to the words and grammar around them. This doesn't explain why English speakers say table, and other languages use different words,but it could explain why we feel the need to name it.

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    Re: Who created words?

    at least you guys are honest and won't say lies to finish the question. I think drawing and vision is everyone's language. Am I right?

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    Re: Who created words?

    Quote Originally Posted by mawes12 View Post
    I think drawing and vision is everyone's language. Am I right?
    No. They say that music is an international language. At least music has the comparative advantage of making a sound.

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    Re: Who created words?

    How does sound connect with understanding?

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