A Sneaky Theory of Where Language Came From

It might have hijacked our early ancestors’ brains

The Atlantic
Jun 12, 2018 · 6 min read
Illustration: AdrianHillman/Getty Images

By Ben James

I’m sitting in the sun on one of the first mild days of the spring, talking with a modern-day flintknapper about the origins of human language. His name is Neill Bovaird, and he’s neither an archaeologist nor a linguist, just a 38-year-old bearded guy with a…

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