• Question: what was the first language ever said after evolution? was it jibberish?

    Asked by sodiumpolyacrylate to David, James, Mike, Suze, Will on 21 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Mike Dodd

      Mike Dodd answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      To our ears, the first words of the new species Homo sapiens (us) would have been complete jibberish. Over time language evolves and changes.

    • Photo: James Marrow

      James Marrow answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      It’s interesting to think that all the evidence suggests the first homo sapiens were biologically the same as we are, so their thoughts and language abilities could well have been as complex as our own.

    • Photo: Suze Kundu

      Suze Kundu answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      Hey SPA. I guess it’s just a grunty language that grew and changed into English, as we know it, over a long period of time

    • Photo: William Eborall

      William Eborall answered on 21 Jun 2011:

      Language would have developed as we did. As we climbed the evolutionary ladder towards being Homo sapiens our intelligence would have increased and our language would have grown in complexity along with this intelligence.

      We still use a lot of body language as communication no matter which language we speak, and this aspect of our communication probably wouldn’t have changed much since we were apes.