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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The first word of a language..the first word of civilisation ..... what was it ?

Came across these simply put, yet holding the seeds of our origin..

From Amy Tan's book - The BoneSetter's Daughter

"What do you think was the very first sound to become a word, a meaning? I imagined two people without words, unable to speak to each other. I imagined the need.
And then I realised what the first word must have been: ma, the sound of a baby smacking its lips in search of its mother's breast. For a long time, that was the only word the baby would need. Ma, ma, ma. Then the mother decided that was her name and she began to speak, too. She taught the baby to be careful: sky, fire, tiger.
A mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin."