Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Phoneme Study Pinpoints Origin of Modern Languages

Alice C. Linsley

Scientists agree that the point of origin of modern humans is Africa. This has been supported by genetic and linguistic evidence.

As early as 200,000 years ago humans began to move out of Africa. Another major movement came around 120,000 years ago. Subsequent movements happened between 80,000 and 70,000 years ago, and between 20,000-10,000 years ago. Subsequent migrations involved Proto-Saharans, Nilotes and Kushites. The most recent migration took place around 6000 years ago. This is the expansion of Abraham's Horite (ha-biru/Hebrew) people across the Afro-Asiatic Dominion as presented in Genesis 10.

Genetic research has shown indicated a common African ancestor for the Chinese about 80,000 years ago.

As human populations dispersed farther from their point of origin in Africa, the phonemic complexity of the original language decreased. As can be seen in the map above, the further away from Africa a language is spoken, the fewer distinct phonemes it has.

Dr Atkinson, of Auckland University, believes that every language in the world developed from a prehistoric 'mother tongue' first spoken in Africa tens of thousands of years ago.
  • 500 languages traced back to Stone Age dialect
  • The further away from Africa a language is spoken, the fewer distinct sounds it has
  • English has around 46 sounds, while the San bushmen of South Africa use a staggering 200
  • Study finds speech evolved 'at least 100,000 years ago
The findings suggest that human speech was a reality at least 100,000 years ago, far earlier than previously thought.

Note that the Daily Mail headline places Eve in the area of Africa designated as part of the region of Eden in Genesis 10.

Related reading: The Afro-Asiatic Dominion; A Scientific Timeline of Genesis; The Nile-Japan Ainu Connection; DNA Evidence of the Kushite Expansion; Is Hebrew an African Language?; Migrations Out of Africa


ofgrace said...

Interesting study. It strikes me as being a bit counterintuitive to much of Evolutionary theory that posits the simple evolving into more complex forms. It seems, at least phonemically, the opposite is the case here.

Alice Linsley said...

Precisely. The opposite is the case in genetics also. The greatest genetic complexity is found in African populations and the farther from Africa the less genetic diversity.