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History of LanguageLanguage shapes the world one syllable at a time
Gestures to speech: The evolution of language
Scientists can only hypothesize about the first instances of language and how it evolved, but they are sure that ancient people had to work together to survive. Gestures must have given way to grunts, and specific sounds slowly gained meaning. Over time, those sounds morphed into words, and eventually people developed written language. Looking at how language has changed and evolved over the course of human history gives insight into how people moved around the globe, influencing each other along the way.
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