By the age of six, almost all humans are not only able to express themselves in form of language, but they also can write down their thoughts. Such a unique ability differentiates humans from animals. Unfortunately, there are no well- established facts about the origins of language. Even so, various linguists and researchers have come up with theories that could give some explanation on the subject.

Common Theories on Origin of Language

Firstly, it is said that language was developed as the ancient people started imitating the natural sounds around them. As a result, the first speech was characterized by echoic words such as ‘bang’ and ‘splash’. The theory was commonly known as bow-wow theory. It was, however, criticized based on the fact that the natural sounds in different cultures tend to vary. Still, most of the natural sounds have been developed in the recent past.

The second theory explaining origins of language was developed by a Danish linguist. He called it the la-la theory, and explained that it came from sounds related to song, love, and play. In simpler terms, language may have been developed as an expression of individual’s emotions. However, critics argued that some forms of speech have been developed out of rational thoughts.

Thirdly, it was proposed that language was developed from the sound of groaning and grunting. Specially, the words may have been developed after individuals engage in hard labor. It therefore tries to explain why language is rhythmic in nature. It is however limited because it does not sufficiently explain the origin of some words. Other theories trying to explain the origins of language include ding -dong theory and pooh- pooh theory. Recently, researchers have suggested that speech is highly dependent on neurons within the brain.

Why Are There Many Different Languages In The World?

Unfortunately, there is no single theory that has sufficiently explained why there are many different languages in the world today. Originally, as documented in the bible, people believed that there was a universal language. That lasted until God miraculously intervened at the tower of Babel and thus created multiple languages in the world. Today, people have questioned the bible’s account of events and hence have discarded the linguistics aspects of the creation story.

Precisely, as important and as unique as language is, there is no single explanation that seems to give details as to how it is developed, or why there are many different languages in the world today. Nonetheless, several theories on language have shed some little light on the subject.