How Did People Communicate Before Language And Writing Was Invented?


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Anonymous Profile
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First, the hominids, or early man, grunted and used hand signals or force. Then was language, and they told others history and stories (oral tradition). Writing came later.
Watercolour Brush Profile
Probably hand signals and certain sounds like hooting, grunting and shouting. After language was invented people would tell others who were traveling to convey their messages.
Dude, have you heard of the cavemen? Their forms of communications were noises and grunts. It pretty much worked the same as it does now - the louder they grunted, the more would listen. That one would be the leader. They would make the others follow them to what they wanted or wanted to show them.

We can look at new borns too, they have ways of communicating too even without the knowledge of language.
Get someone's attention with a show of hands and primal noise, and I'm sure someone will try to follow what you are trying to show them!
Warrior Princess Profile
We modern people speculate about the ancient past, but we know, KNOW - almost nothing. What the early peoples did are conjectured from our understanding of modern humans, primitive backwoods tribal peoples and by observing animals.

In other words, we don't really really know what early man did. But if I might offer some educated guesses of my own, I'd say that humans have always had languages. Assuming that we indeed evolved from simpler primates, then we evolved languages as we developed, and there was no sudden burst of witty languages on some certain day. Apes communicate, and we did too.

So you see, the question itself is flawed in presupposing that early man had no language. The belief in academic circles that such a thing ever was true, friend, is mere speculation with zero evidence to support it.

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