Here's an interesting theory. What if, in ancient times, humans communicated through telepathy, and the spoken languages are actually more recent
The following are excerpts are from a very interesting article which may be found
One Language, Few Words
In other words, what is being described is not a transition from one language such as ours to many languages such as ours; what is being described is
a total change in the manner in which humans communicate, going from some fairly recent point, to the present.
…Communications amongst humans before the flood were telepathic in nature, other than for a small vocabulary of spoken words used by priests for
ritualistic purposes. This was enabled by the electrostatic charge near the Earths surface and by the plasma of the antique solar system in general,
and involved the use of the right side of the human brain as Julian Jaynes notes. When this system of communication broke down after the flood due to
electrostatic collapse, humans were forced to very quickly develop the kinds of speech we use now. There never were super-families of languages; the
main language families are unrelated.
When would the change from telepathic to auditory speech/language communication have occured and what caused it? The writer of the article theorizes
that the electrostatic field of the earth began to be decreased after the Tower of Babel episode. He claims that the phrase "debarim 'echadim" in
Genesis 11:1 may be also translated as "few words". I verified this by doing the research found below.
King James Version Genesis 11:1 And the whole earth was of one
(’echad/’echat) language (sapah), and of one
Transliterated Un-Accented Genesis 11:1 Wayhiy kal- ha'arets sapah 'echat
sapah*, n.f. & m. lips (of the mouth); by extension: speech, language; edge of an object, rim, border; the “lip of the sea” is the seashore
dabar, n.m. what is said, word (or any unit of speech such as a clause, or the whole of communication): matter (any event); thing (any object
‘echad, a.num. one; a certain one; first. ‘echadim/’chadim/’chadiym is the plural of ‘ehad, which may also be translated as “few”, as it is in
the following three passages from the King James Version.
*These definitions are from the Hebrew dictionary of "The Strongest Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible".
KJV Genesis 27:42-44
42 And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother
Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee.
43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; and arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran;
44 And tarry with him a few
days, until thy brother's fury turn away;
TUA Genesis 27:44 Wyashabta `imow yamiym 'chadiym
`ad 'sher- tashuwb chmat 'achiyka.
KJV Genesis 29:20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few
days, for the love he had to her.
TUA Genesis 29:20 Waya`bod Ya`qobb-Rachel sheba` shaniym. Wayihyuw b`eynayw kyamiym'chadiym
KJV Daniel 11:20 Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom: but within few
days he shall be destroyed,
neither in anger, nor in battle.
TUA Daniel 11:20 W`amad `al- kanow ma`biyr nowges heder malkuwt.Uwbyamiym 'chadiym
yishaber. Wlo' b'apayim wlo'bmilchamah.
The following definition is from the Ben Yehuda’s Pocket English-Hebrew/Hebrew-English Dictionary. Ehud Ben-Yehuda, Editor. David Weinstein,
Associate Editor. Pocket Book, a division of Simon and Schuster Inc. New York. 1961, 1964. Pg. 6 (From the right hand cover).
‘echadim - some, few, several; units (in retail selling)
Thus, the phrase debarim ‘echadim from Genesis 11:1 which is translated as “one speech” in the KJV may also indeed be translated as “few words”.
Understanding something about Linguistics might help one to take this idea more seriously.
"The father of modern structural linguistics was Ferdinand de Saussure, who believed in language as a systematic structure serving as a link between
thought and sound; he thought of language sounds as a series of linguistic signs that are purely arbitrary, as can be seen in the linguistic signs or
words for horse: German Pferd, Turkish at, French cheval, and Russian loshad’. "
In the 1950s the school of linguistic thought known as transformational-generative grammar received
wide acclaim through the works of Noam Chomsky. Chomsky postulated a syntactic base of language (called deep structure), which consists of a series of
phrase-structure rewrite rules, i.e., a series of (possibly universal) rules that generates the underlying phrase-structure of a sentence, and a
series of rules (called transformations) that act upon the phrase-structure to form more complex sentences. The end result of a
transformational-generative grammar is a surface structure that, after the addition of words and pronunciations, is identical to an actual sentence of
a language. All languages have the same deep structure, but they differ from each other in surface structure because of the application of different
rules for transformations, pronunciation, and word insertion. Another important distinction made in transformational-generative grammar is the
difference between language competence (the subconscious control of a linguistic system) and language performance (the speaker’s actual use of
language). Although the first work done in transformational-generative grammar was syntactic, later studies have applied the theory to the
phonological and semantic components of language."
(DS) is a linguistic level proposed by generative grammarians as a necessary competence of language. It is deeper than the
surface level linguistics that we see in language behaviour. DS is similar to surface structure in that it is a grammatical description, but is much
closer to the idea of an underlying logical expression of semantics. In particular it does not contain discontinuous constituents and represents the
underlying semantic relations more or less directly. It is primarily SAAD."
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