Another Study Points to Africa as the Origin of Languages

April 15, 2011

A new study by Dr. Quentin D. Atkinson, which appeared in the April 15, 2011, issue of the journal Science, points to Africa as the origin of languages. To reach this conclusion, he reportedly applied mathematical methods to linguistics and studied patterns in more than 500 languages spoken throughout the world.

Various other scientific and anecdotal observations have previously reached similar conclusions.

Based on DNA study results, the March 2006 issue of the National Geographic magazine reported that modern humans started to migrate out of East Africa some tens of thousands of years ago. It called the news the Greatest Journey Ever Told and subtitled it THE TRAILS OF OUR DNA.

In a 2002 interview with a local Ethiopian private newspaper, the renowned French historian Jean Doresse had the following to say: “Historians argue that the first language was Sabean. But Oromiffa, Somali and Afar languages use words whose origin is earlier than hieroglyphic Egyptian. They are the most ancient spoken languages.”

In a 1998 interview with Wendy Belcher, the late Ethiopian Laureate Tsegaye Ghebremedhin also had the following to say: “The cradle of man is here, the beginning of man is here, there is no refuting that. Archaeologists, geologists have dug everywhere and they have come up with the bones to prove that man started here. And that man was not sleeping, from the moment he was created he started creating. The heritage of that man, of the ancestor, is the heritage of the world.”

The latest finding by Dr. Atkinson, which is reported by The New York Times, further solidifies earlier observations and points to a meaningful direction in humanity’s quest to understand its past better.

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