Study Questions for ‘Let There be Words’
1. What are some of the physical changes that had to take place before human beings
could develop speech?
The position of the voice box lowered, which makes it easier for humans to make more
sounds. They have an increase in brain size, lung size, and the shape and form of their
tongue and lips.
2. What do a human infant and a chimpanzee have in common in terms of
physiological features related to language?
Infant’s voice boxes are in the same positions as chimpanzees, and it drops after around
one year. Infant’s also begin to walk around this age.
3. There were three distinct movements of early man out of North Eastern Africa.
Why is it assumed that language was invented before modern humans moved out
to Eurasia (the great leap forward)?
1.6 million years ago, , 50,000 years ago.
4. What is the difference between the concept of the origin of human language and
the origin of all languages that are on earth today?
There were two time periods of