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


The Bible records the origin of languages as being caused by God to confound the efforts of the people building theTower 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).

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.

Examples of Languages

See also