How and when human languages came into being.

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Grice's cooperative principless

Based on Pragmatics Approach, there is one of the principle that involves in communication. It is cooperative principle. This principle consists of 4 maxims. There are maxim of quality (Truthful), ...
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Considering languages evolved over time, what could be the initial dataset?

If I assume evolution of language took place over time, I am curious as to what can be the initial population of words or syllable or anything. Lets say I am about to write a algorithm to evolve ...
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Did language originate and evolve just as organisms did? As in Evolution by Natural Selection?

This is a follow up and linked to the question What evolution framework best describes the change between languages over time? I am interested in knowing how did language originate and how does it ...
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In which modern-day country's borders did Arabic start?

We had a discussion going in the Travel Chat about where the Arabic language originated (assuming borders had stayed the same throughout history). Some websites have suggested Egypt, others Yemen, ...
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Why is the word for the color orange always the same as the fruit orange? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The relationship between “orange” the colour and “orange” the fruit It's like that in Spanish, French, English, and I'm starting to wonder how many others. It's not ...
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How did the first words arise?

As far as I know linguists consider language arbitrary. If so, how does etymology work? We have a word and we trace it back to its origins. Then, we find that it either comes from a different language ...
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Monogenesis vs. Polygenesis

By following the comments to another question about the evolution of Khoisan languages, I learned that there is a heated debate in Evolutionary Linguistics about the origin of language. Some quick ...