Biology May be Related to All Languages

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New scientific discovery shows Biology may have an impact on the way we invent words.

New scientific discovery shows Biology may have an impact on the way we invent words.

Researchers have revealed a connection between language and voice. Some human languages use similar words to describe the same meaning.

Morten Christiansen, director of Cornell’s Cognitive Neuroscience Lab declared that there is a number of sound patterns that repeat themselves all around the world, not respecting any language lineage or geographical dispersal patterns.


The study was conducted by a group of researchers from New York’s Cornell University.  The men and women found a link between the sounds that all humans use and create and the dialects that were born throughout time and concluded that both the sounds and the languages are linked to each other.

For the study, an international team of linguists, computer scientists and physicists from the Netherlands, Argentina, Germany and Switzerland analyzed 50-100 basic vocabulary words in 64 percent of the world’s more than 6,500 current languages and 82 per cent of its linguistic lineages.

Take for instance the word ‘ooze’; for ‘tongue’ an ‘l’ (as in “langue” in French) as in  ‘nose’ is likely to include the sounds ‘neh’ or the ‘oo’ sound. Similarly ‘sand’ uses the sound ‘s,’ words for ‘red’ and ’round’ would include the ‘r’ sound and ‘leaf’ would include the sounds ‘b,’ ‘p’ or ‘l.’

Also, the words included body parts, properties (full, small), verbs that described motion, nouns that described natural phenomena (fish, star) and pronouns. The final result was that an important part of the 100 basic vocabulary words around the world has a strong association with specific human sounds.


Biology May Be Related to Language

In this study, the researchers analyzed two-thirds of the languages used in the world and discovered that human beings use the similar sounds for everyday ideas and objects, no matter what language they communicate in.  The scientist can’t say exactly why humans use the same sounds in every language to describe basic ideas and objects.

Christiansen mentioned that the study is a bit conservative and the real number of symbolic sound patterns may be even higher.

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