“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted” – Quran – (49:13)
People and tribes of different cultures and nationalities, different races, different hair colour, eye colour, different heights, the vast skin tones that occupies this world is many, and why?? Because God loves diversity. God created us all the same but different, and He is wise and full of wisdom and look how beautiful all this is.
There are further vast amounts of reasons to explain the origin of language. And disclaimer, many will have their own theories and interpretations that have already been explored for this. Let’s continue to explore just a few. x
A source theorises that the origin of oral language began not only for human civilisation but even further back – for survival purposes within the natural habitat or environment. That is one good example to derive from though for sure.
The curious girl in me has always been curious about languages, even so whether it be orally or through non-verbal hand signs and signals and how it all began, how it all started, the origin of speech, to how different languages are spoken or expressed all over the world and why there isn’t just one. Wow – if you deep it like that then my goodness, how amazing that is. The above quranic statement that I enjoyed reading, signifies that very message as to why.
“This diversity is what makes life beautiful and interesting. Because of the differences we are stronger, we learn more, we travel and get to experience different people and foods.” – So beautifully stated that I could not have said it better myself. Thank you A.Syed! Credits to you! x
Just as we interpret, understand and acknowledge things similarly yet differently, this too goes for languages. Now some languages are pretty similar like French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, yet they all derived from the old latin language itself and just think about the change/s in that over time and how these other languages were created depending on the regions they were in.
Same goes for the Sanskrit in the far South Asian regions of the bay of Bengal, including India and Bangladesh. Even then, they have their own language and dialects to further break it down – wow. Funny how even within some countries like India have even further different languages spoken than just the common Hindi, such as Tamil, Punjabi, Rajasthani and others alike. Beautiful. Though further deep into it, even these languages derive from this one root language; the PIE (Proto-Indo-European) which even includes Persian, Greek, German and Spanish so to include. Even more beautiful. x
My favourite subject of our oral use of words, speech and overall oral language is more fascinating in the beautifully boastful, yet humble Pacific Island regions of Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia. The connection of language with the natural world; the sea, the sky, the wind, the navigation and observations all reflect their connection with everything they do and say and more – most unique and amazing to me. The way finders, the explorers, the greatest voyagers of the past connected with the rest of the world and this is what makes Pacific Island closer to the rest of the world more than ever. Not forgetting those that settled within the Islands themselves. But that’s another story. Another long, debatable story…
The words of the world certainly play a role in all of us; simply said, whether monolingual, bilingual, trilingual or more, it’s how we speak, communicate, relay information, express, share thoughts and further ideas, understand (or not), learn, explore and keep going with it; generation to generation. Who knows what other languages are created in the future…haha.
Languages, words, speech, sign and symbols…I just simply love it. ..x
(Tania Tenni Talks)