New research reveals that language originated in Africa and migrated across the world. It originated in central and southern Africa before spreading across the globe, the research said. A large study of the sounds that differentiate words, or phonemes, used in 504 human languages reveals that the dialects containing the most phonemes are spoken in Africa.
Human language originated in Africa, according to a newly completed University of Auckland study. The study results parallel and complement recent genetic and phenotype studies that support an African origin for Homo sapiens, or modern humans, strengthening the notion that the development of language was a key innovation that enabled modern humans to spread across the globe.
This is not surprising since Africa is the origin of man.