What was the first language? How did language begin--and where and when?
It's hard to imagine a cultural phenomenon that's more important than the development of language. And yet no human attribute offers less conclusive evidence regarding its origins. Over the centuries, many theories have been put forward--and just about all of them have been challenged, discounted, and often ridiculed.
Here, identified by their disparaging nicknames, are some of the oldest and most common theories of how language began.
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