The First Language

For years people have been wondering what the very first language was. Professor Andrew George from the School of Oriental and African Studies, in London, who teaches Babylonian, finally released an answer to this question. Unfortunately, due to the fact that all of our data around language can only be traced back to the first signs of writing, there is no way to know what the first language was. Some people believed that Hebrew was the first language, as a result of thinking that God was responsible for the writing of the Bible, however very few still thin this. Archaeologists are currently under the impression that the people accountable for the first writing systems 5,000 years ago, lived where Egypt and Iraq now are. Because of this, it is thought that the oldest writing originated from the languages of Sumerians or ancient Egyptians.

It is an extremely intriguing question to which we do not know the answer to, due to the fact that language most likely emerged 100,000 years before humans developed any type of writing. Through archaeology and anthropology, researchers have been trying to use guesswork to come to some type of a conclusion, or by working backwards (from the beginning of cavemen), however we are still searching for the answer. Although we are not able to articulate what the first language actually was, anthropology has given us great insight to the ancient civilizations of the world. It has taught us that the Egyptian and Sumerian cultures were the first to have writing systems, which not only is exceptionally significant general knowledge, but it provides a great depth to the development of them.

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/mar/08/ask-grownup-what-was-first-language

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