And did it have a sigle origin ? the few pages i have read on this topic do not agree, some say language originated 10,000 yrs ago, others suggest 100,000. Some say the origins came from verbalising sign laguage," i suppose it is hard to sign in the dark", how would one say, not tonight dear ? so it would have been better to make some noise for yes or no at least. Did we imitate animal sounds, may be for hunting at first, but later it becomes a way to cominicate, hubby comes home after a days hunting and utters Moo, Moo, which means beef for dinner ? Or did language start as a way of warning stranger off, some thing like gerr owww became gerowt?