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The First Language

There are thousands of languages today - is it possible to trace them back to a single ancestor? Michael Rosen and linguist Dr Laura Wright investigate our earliest languages.

Michael Rosen asks what the earliest language was and how it evolved. Michael joins linguist Dr Laura Wright on a journey to meet our meat-scavenging, fire-harnessing ancestors to discover the primal sources of language. There are thousands of languages today - is it possible to trace them back to a single ancestor? With anthropologist Robert Foley and linguist Maggie Tallerman.

Producer: Melvin Rickarby

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28 minutes

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Mon 27 May 2019 23:00

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