The oldest written languages we know are about 5,000 years old, Sumerian and Egyptian.
Scientists speculate the oldest spoken languages are 50,000 – 300,000 years with the arrival of anatomically modern Homo sapiens.
In 2020 scientists discovered an origin to the human language pathway in the brain, pushing back its evolutionary origin to around 25 million years ago in non-human primates. They discovered a segment of the language pathway that interconnects the auditory cortex with frontal lobe regions, important for processing speech and language.
Imagine what latent capabilities we might have that will not be functional until some unknown time from now!
What might you do this week to make the best use of your language skills?
“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” – Charlemagne