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  Awok.org - John Zerzan: Language - Origin and Meaning
Language is the subject of this exploration, understood in its virulent sense.
In light of the congruence of language and ideology, it is also evident that as soon as a human spoke, he or she was separated.
Language was elaborated for the suppression of feelings; as the code of civilization it expresses the sublimation of Eros, the repression of instinct, which is the core of civilization.
www.awok.org /language_origin_meaning   (4723 words)

 Origin of Language
One reason for this is that the notion of a gesture language was formed from study of the languages of the deaf and dumb, which are highly conventionalized and quite meaningless to the ordinary spectator.
Because the self-explanatory signs of which language will have originally consisted would gradually be abridged through familiarity, they would thereby lose some or all of their original intelligibility except to those who had been making constant use of them and who had thus experienced the gradual process of abridgement.
And it is inadmissible to ascribe the origin of speech to a relation which is in truth due to an education based almost entirely on the use of language.
www.english-learning.co.uk /origin.html   (8474 words)

 Origin of Human Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The problem of language origins is mirrored by a similar problem of human origins.
Language must have had an "Eve" (like the mitochondrial Eve in human genetics) but Eve no doubt had many siblings whose descendants would not survive to the present day as Eve's did.
Regardless, here is my current view on the relationships of many world languages whose relationships would appear to stem back into wildly astonishing dates of tens of thousands of years, perhaps even a hundred thousand years.
glen_gordon.tripod.com /LANGUAGE/origin.html   (397 words)

 Linguistics 201: The Origin of Language
With humans, the precise form of language must be acquired through exposure to a speech community.  Words are definitely not inborn, but the capacity to acquire and language and use it creatively seems to be inborn.
There are several hypotheses as to how language might have been consciously invented by humans based on a more primitive system of hominid communication.  Each hypothesis is predicated on the idea that the invention of language and its gradual refinement served as a continuous impetus to additional human mental development.
None of the invention hypotheses I will mention is convincing and most sane linguists agree that the origin of language is still a mystery.  But the inventive, sarcastic names given these hypotheses by their critics prove that even linguists can at times be creative.
pandora.cii.wwu.edu /vajda/ling201/test1materials/origin_of_language.htm   (1756 words)

 Gans - Origin of Language
What makes the origin of language of particular interest to us is that the generation of the vertical signification of language from the horizontal, appetitive relationships of the real world may be described in terms of the Girardian triangle of mimetic desire.
Taking a position for the early origin of language sharpens the radical implications of the originary hypothesis that were mitigated by leaving the moment of origin indeterminate.
In this context, as the recent history of the question of the origin of language illustrates, the anthropological initiative seems fated to pass from the humanities to the social sciences.
www.anthropoetics.ucla.edu /ap0501/gans.htm   (5735 words)

 National Origin, Immigration and Language Rights Program Description
The National Origin, Immigration and Language Rights Program provides numerous legal services to workers who face discrimination because of their national origin, as well as national origin minority communities who are disproportionately subject to particular types of workplace abuses.
But since national origin discrimination often occurs against native-born Americans whose first language is English, the LAS-ELC also seeks to challenge practices that have an adverse impact, or are overtly discriminatory, against Latinos, Asian Pacific Islanders, and other national origin minority communities more generally.
Language discrimination can affect anyone whose native language is not English, a community that constitutes a huge segment of the United States' population.
www.las-elc.org /origin.html   (3730 words)

 Origin of Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
In our eyes, this evidence demonstrates conclusively that language is something independent of speech, and it poses major obstacles to any hypothesis which tries to see the evolution of language as essentially the evolution of speech.
And arguably the single most important function of language is one that only rarely seems to be invoked in discussions of language origins: we use language to make sense of the world, to construct a mental picture of the world, to organize countless trillions of sensory experiences into manageable chunks.
Certainly the languages of 5-10,000 years ago were not different from modern languages, and there seems every reason to believe that the human language faculty has not changed significantly for tens of thousands of years.
www.ohiou.edu /~linguist/L550ex/origin2.htm   (1571 words)

 The memetic origin of language: modern humans as musical primates
Language, we thus conjecture, owes its existence not to innate language learning competencies, but to innate music-associated ones, which - unlike the competencies hypothesized for language - can be straightforwardly explained to have evolved by natural selection.
Both the origin of language and its development in children, we argue, can be best understood by recognising that we are musical or singing primates in the first place.
Language is considered as a cultural phenomenon very well comparable to bird song culture, only more sophisticated (variable, flexible, more symbolic, syntactic) just because of the more sophisticated mental representation capacities of higher apes.
www.geneticengineering.org /memetic   (14979 words)

 Language: Origin and Meaning--John Zerzan
Considered as the paradigm of ideology, language must also be recognized as the determinant organizer of congnition.
Nevertheless, the proposition that language arose with the beginnings of technology--that is, in the sense of division of labor and its concomitants, such as a standardizing of things and events and the effective power of specialists over others--is at the heart of the matter, in my view.
With Derrida, one can accurately refer to "language as the origin of history." Language itself is a repression, and along its progress repression gathers--as ideology, as work--so as to generate historical time.
www.primitivism.com /language.htm   (4637 words)

 LINK-MAIL: The Origin of Language - Anthropological Facts & Religious Mythologies
The origin of language is discussed in many scientific papers and we guide you to the best articles and reports of them.
The 'Tower of Bable' is the wellknown origin of the language as far religion is concerned.
Evolution, Communication And The Proper Function Of Languages: A discussion of Millikan in the light of pragmatics and of the psychology of mindreading ("..Language is both a biological and a cultural phenomenon.
www.link-mail.com /41830.html   (1018 words)

 Origin - The Language Agency
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 The Origin of Language and Communication
In fact, the origin of speech and language (along with the development of sex and reproduction) remains one of the most significant hurdles in evolutionary theory, even in the twenty-first century.
The most ancient languages for which we have written texts are often far more intricate and complicated in their grammatical forms than many contemporary languages.
Nowak’s paper also did not clarify the origination of written languages, or describe how the language process was initiated in the first humans, considering we know today that parents teach languages to their offspring.
www.trueorigin.org /language01.asp   (6370 words)

 Ethnic Origin, Language and Literature of the Phoenicians
It was a Semitic language of the Northern Central, or Northwestern, group that was originally spoken in Tyre, Sidon, Byblos, and neighboring towns and in other areas of the Mediterranean colonized by Phoenician people known as Aramaeans.
In one, the North African city of Carthage, a later stage of the language, known as Pun which was influenced by the Barber, became the language of the Carthaginian empire.
Latin, the language of the soldiers and administrators, in turn fell before Greek, the language of letters of the eastern Mediterranean, by the 5th century AD.
phoenicia.org /ethnlang.html   (6177 words)

 Rich Language: Origin of OK
The origin of the ubiquitous psuedo-word "OK" or "okay" has proven to be one of the biggest war grounds in etymology.
It is not specifically of English origin, being used all over the world in many different languages.
This is one of the finest examples of the entertainment of language.
www.richlanguage.com /archives/origin_of_ok.html   (389 words)

 Language Origin
The Seeds of Speech : Language Origin and Evolution
The Origin of Language : Tracing the Evolution of the Mother Tongue
There may be pre-linguistic mind-sets, which would explain why out of so many languages, preferences emerge (example—about 85% of the world’s languages prefer SOV or SVO word order)
faculty.uca.edu /~lburley/language_origin.htm   (348 words)

 Exploratorium Magazine: Language
Learn how to find the histories and origins of words.
Examine words from different languages and determine which two languages are the most closely related.
The Exploratorium Magazine Online is a companion to selected issues of the print magazine, providing key articles and activities and including multimedia features.
www.exploratorium.edu /exploring/language   (108 words)

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