Phonemes probably can't reveal the ancient origins of language after all

Last April, a linguistic study likened the spread of the sounds of language to the human gene pool, and used this information to suggest language arose once in Africa 10000 years ago. If only it were that simple. » 2/16/12 6:00pm 2/16/12 6:00pm

Language may have developed for the first and only time 100,000 years…

The origins of language are shrouded in mystery, with linguists unable to probe beyond about 10,000 years ago. But a radical new study reveals language sounds spread just like human genes, suggesting Africa was the sole birthplace of language. » 4/14/11 4:40pm 4/14/11 4:40pm