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== Origin ==
 
== Origin ==
The Bible records the origin of languages as being caused by God to confound the efforts of the people building the[[Tower of Babel]], the purpose of which was to keep the people together, in opposition to God's command to spread out. Prior to this time, there had been only one language (the Bible does not record what this language was).
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The origin of language has been debated for long time among linguists, biologists, cognitive scientists, theologians, anthropologists, along with many other disciplines. Currently, the most wide held belief is that language has evolutionary origins (Pinker, 1997). However, this has not been proven definitively.
  
Although linguists have been able to allocate most languages to a small number of language "families", they have been unable to find a common origin of these language families, consistent with the biblical account.
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Although linguists have been able to allocate most languages to a small number of language "families", they have been unable to find a common origin of these language families. A few of the largest and oldest families include: Proto-Indo-European, Afro-Asiatic and Nigar Congo families (Campbell, 98).
  
 
==Examples of Languages==
 
==Examples of Languages==

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A language is a collection of symbols (called vocabulary) and rules for connecting these symbols (called grammar) that facilitates communication.

Origin

The origin of language has been debated for long time among linguists, biologists, cognitive scientists, theologians, anthropologists, along with many other disciplines. Currently, the most wide held belief is that language has evolutionary origins (Pinker, 1997). However, this has not been proven definitively.

Although linguists have been able to allocate most languages to a small number of language "families", they have been unable to find a common origin of these language families. A few of the largest and oldest families include: Proto-Indo-European, Afro-Asiatic and Nigar Congo families (Campbell, 98).

Examples of Languages

See also