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How Did Human Language Develop? - Theories & Examples

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_____ theories believe that all language came from one original mother-tongue and traveled with humans out of Africa.

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1. Which of the following is evidence used in gesture theories for the formation of human language?

2. Some theories on the origin of language believe that language developed to _____ after communities got to large to bond through grooming alone.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What do you know about the development of human language? Find out by answering questions on key points like the term for theories that all language derived from Africa and an example of evidence used in gesture theories for the formation of human language.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be quizzed on these topics:

  • Language theory that suggests communities became too large to bond through grooming alone
  • Development of human language from an increased variety of sounds
  • 19th and 20th century language theory based on the imitation of sounds

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the development of human language and how it's connected to Africa
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about a theory of language development arising from communities that became too large to bond from grooming alone and a theory based on the increase in a variety of sounds
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the evidence used in gesture theories in the formation of human language

Additional Learning

To learn more about language, you can review the lesson entitled How Did Human Language Develop? - Theories & Examples. These topics will be discussed:

  • Words that come from imitating sounds
  • Various theories about the development of human language
  • The spreading of language throughout history
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