Eliana asked in Social ScienceSociology · 1 month ago

The origin of language, I don't understand this paragraph at all?

"In the beginning was the word, for with it man became man. Without those strange noises called common nouns, thought was limited to individual objects or experiences sensorily-for the most part visually-re- membered or conceived; presumably, it could not think of classes as distinct from individual things, nor of qualities as distinct from objects, nor of objects as distinct from their qualities. Without words as class names one might think of this man, or that man, or that man; one could not think of Man, for the eye sees not Man but only men, not classes but particular things. The beginning of humanity came when some freak or crank, half animal and half man, squatted in a cave or in a tree, cracking his brain to invent the first common noun, the first sound-sign that would signify a group of like objects: house that would mean all houses, man that would mean all men, light that would mean every light that ever shone on land or sea. From that moment the mental development of the race opened upon a new and endless road. For words are to thought what tools are to work; the product depends largely on the growth of the tools."

I don't understand, could someone please help ?

2 Answers

  • Liz
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    I don't know what all that mean, either, but you can find out your answer from the article below which discusses languages and their origin.

    Source(s): wol.jw.org/w13 9/1 Did Our Languages Come From the “Tower of Babel”?
  • Lv 7
    1 month ago

    the person who wrote that is either schizophrenic, or an egotist, who feels like he is smarter than everyone else, when really he is just a fool...

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