I've always been interested in languages and how they originated. Apparently, about 2000 BC, nomads had groups of Indo European languages. By about 3000 BC Semitic languages are spoken over a large tract of desert territory from southern Arabia to the north of Syria. Several Semitic peoples play a prominent part in the early civilization of the region, from the Babyloniansand Assyriansto the Hebrewsand Phoenicians. And one Semitic language, Aramaic, becomes for a while the Lingua franca of the Middle East. There are about 5000 languages spoken in the world today (a third of them in Africa), but scholars group them together into relatively few families - probably less than twenty. Languages are linked to each other by shared words or sounds or grammatical constructions. The theory is that the members of each linguistic group have descended from one language, a common ancestor. In many cases that original language is judged by the experts to have been spoken in surprisingly recent times - as little as a few thousand years ago. So what are all your thoughts are on how language originated among humanity?