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How did we our ancestors communicate?
« on: 07/06/2009 12:31:23 »
I've heard about research that suggests that modern human characteristics, such as art, are first found relatively recently after our ancestors roamed about not doing very much apart from surviving and breading for hundreds of thousands of years.  The change is being linked to population density, i.e.a minimum density is needed before discoveries survive from one generation to the next.

So how did our ancestors communicate?  I would think that language also needs a certain population density before it can develop.  As man spread from Africa the population densities would have been low, but it must have been relatively common for different groups of people to come across each other as they moved around.  Would there perhaps have been some common basic language that was sufficient for those times and was shared by all?


 

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How did we our ancestors communicate?
« Reply #1 on: 07/06/2009 13:09:26 »
Early language may have been little more than tonal grunts. The tone, volume and number of grunts being more important than the 'word'.

A soft, prolonged 'ugh' to show satisfaction, short, loud 'ugh' for alarm. These grunts would have become more defined as humans needed to express more emotions and situations. The current similarities in the most basic words seems quite good evidence that all languages probably evolved from a few essential common grunts.

Eg. One - Un - Una - Ein - Uno : Hello - Hola - Hallo - Chow; Seem to show that European languages had a common ancestor.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 07/06/2009 14:35:57 »
I think sign language (mime) would predate speech:
The hand-to-mouth gesture would have pre-existed the sound (word) for “hungry”.
« Last Edit: 07/06/2009 14:41:42 by RD »
 

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« Reply #3 on: 07/06/2009 18:33:45 »
According to my mother and my wife, I never not got much further than 'ugh'.  Seems to work fine.

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« Reply #4 on: 08/06/2009 07:09:48 »
According to my mother and my wife, I never not got much further than 'ugh'.  Seems to work fine.

Ugh

Most teenagers seem to find these grunts sufficient when communicating with their parents! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m51uFnAh-yc&feature=related
 

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« Reply #5 on: 08/06/2009 15:50:07 »
That's because
1. They may not have anything to say to their parents.
2. One's parents tend, universally, to be idiots.
3. Whatever they do say to their parents may well not be listened to.
4. They couldn't face their friends if it got around that they talk to their parents.

So they get out of the habit.
 

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