Linguistics: Its Origin and Development as A Discipline

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Dr. Chirashree Mukherjee


Language had to have developed around some 1,50,000 years ago, before the study of linguistics. Linguistic study of that developing language dates back to around 6000 years ago when the written word was found through evidence of that time. There is therefore more evidence about the history and origin of linguistics compared to development of oral language.

This paper documents the use and study of language in order to uncover the origin and development of the discipline of linguistics. It traces its origin from the confluence of the two known continents Europe and Asia, in Mesopotamia. There is also evidence of the importance of subcontinental India in the birth and development of the study of linguistics, before a further discussion of its developmental history around the world is dealt with.


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