Monday, May 08, 2006

Why Are there So Many Languages?

An acquaintance of mine speaks Xhosa, one of the click languages of South Africa. It is strange-sounding indeed. There are so many languages and they all seem so arbitrary. Imagine if people differed from each other in configuration of eyes and limbs, to the extent that Xhosa differs from English. It doesn’t seem reasonable that there should be so many mutually unintelligible languages when human beings are so much the same in so many other ways. Why can't we all understand each other?

1 comment:

  1. i believe all languages are coming from the same origin...
    even though we dont speak one language ...but we all share the languade of mind...
    it is enough to make this world a better place ...
    nice blog

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