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Origins of any language
Posted: Posted May 23rd, 2010 by kyonides

Well, on another forum I stumbled on a link to some of the theories regarding how people started using words to describe everything they could perceive with their 5 senses, or even with a 6th one. One of them belong to Dr. C. George Boeree so take a look here if you wish. It's a short document so don't worry about having to spend too much time on reading it. Of course, there's also the infamous wiki with their own articles about the evolution of languages.

Can we really believe or imagine this might have be the only way our ancestors could develop their own local languages? Did / Do your concultures follow the same path or a different one in an effort to create their own languages?

I guess my concultures would either think an really brilliant entity develop it, not necessarily a god but an angel, a demon, an "intelligent" void, gave this ability to humankind or any other species it considered that was worthy of getting it and expressing their own ideas with words that wouldn't hurt its ears.

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Wrong forum... The Art & Language forum is below.

Posted May 31st, 2010 by Cerne
Cerne
 

Wrong forum... The Art & Language forum is below.
Moved.

Posted June 1st, 2010 by eldin raigmore

Well, on another forum I stumbled on a link to some of the theories regarding how people started using words to describe everything they could perceive with their 5 senses, or even with a 6th one. One of them belong to Dr. C. George Boeree so take a look here if you wish. It's a short document so don't worry about having to spend too much time on reading it. Of course, there's also the infamous wiki with their own articles about the evolution of languages.

Can we really believe or imagine this might have be the only way our ancestors could develop their own local languages? Did / Do your concultures follow the same path or a different one in an effort to create their own languages?

I guess my concultures would either think an really brilliant entity develop it, not necessarily a god but an angel, a demon, an "intelligent" void, gave this ability to humankind or any other species it considered that was worthy of getting it and expressing their own ideas with words that wouldn't hurt its ears.


This original post was interesting, and had two very interesting links.
My main species is humans, and they know they descended from Earth-people, so their languages originated however our real-life natlangs originated.

My AIs were given their languages by their humans. (Or, if there are any AIs built or designed by non-human species, then by those.). So their languages were either designed for them by the bio-sapients who invented them, or were “bequeathed” to them by speakers of “natlangs” (in-story they’re natlangs, but in RL they’ll be conlangs, most of which I’ll never get around to actually creating).
My space-centipedes, and other non-terrestrial non-human biological sapients, will each have their own origin-of-language. I haven’t even thought about whether they’d know the true story, nor even whether one of their leading favorite guesses happened to be the truth.

Adpihi are going to be religious. Perhaps a large fraction of them will believe God created language as a gift for humanity. But most of them will know that languages evolve and change; they’ll know a bit about some of the last 4 to 15 millennia of diachronics. So no Tower of Babel.

Reptigan will mostly be more secular.

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