For decades, the location of the larynx was supposed to be a sort of secret ingredient to speech. But some linguists now think language began millions of years before the human voice box was in place, reports
"Its authors argue that the anatomical ingredients for speech were present in our ancestors much earlier than 200,000 years ago. In fact, they propose that the necessary equipment..has been around as long as 27 million years."
For a long time, linguists thought speech came along with the descent of the larynx, about 200,000 years ago. Now some think that speech may go as far back as *27 million years ago* (Cannot be more pleased to be reading on linguistics again!)
Perhaps the best part of writing about linguistics is that whenever I walk somewhere or ride the Metro alone I spend the whole time mouthing things to myself to see how the sounds work, and now you can do it too!!!
For decades, the location of the larynx was supposed to be a sort of secret ingredient to speech. But some linguists now think language began millions of years before the human voice box was in place, reports.