All around the Americas there are similarities found between indigenous tribes making it seem as if their languages may have came from one ancient source.Yet there are also many variations and dialects that have no similarities.There are tons of native languages that exist today, lets think about all of the languages that have simply been lost along with their cultures.”As many as half of the world’s 7,000 languages are expected to be extinct by the end of this century; it is estimated that one language dies out every 14 days”(Aulakh,2013). As modern globalization continues to tempt the youth of indigenous tribes,languages and cultures are lost at an exceedingly alarming rate.There are clusters of languages that have many similarities that are labeled as “families”. These families all share common origins. It is extremely fascinating to think of how many languages have been spoken in the Americas alone. From these languages come even more dialects. Meso-American languages likely have similar roots words to those of North or South American groups. They also have similarities and share forms of Pantheism and Shamanism.When it comes to languages there are however many diversities that make it extremely difficult to pin point exact origins.There are unclassified and even forgotten languages that must be considered as well. Quechua is probably the longest lasting language of the Americas.That doesn’t necessarily mean that a mother tongue stems from South America, again lets not forget that there could be hundreds,if not thousands of languages that have either became obsolete or were replaced by another dominate language. I just want to add that there’s no proof that dominant or abundantly spoken languages do or do not have a lasting impact. Lets take Mandarin or Chinese, the most spoken language on the planet, if this were true, then everyone would speak Chinese, or at least there would be root word connections and similarities.There has been an effort to catalog all indigenous languages of the Americas into three distinct groups, but the final categories were never taken seriously by mainstream science. A single language coming from one group of people, through one migration, can probably be ruled out.It is possible that there were many languages formed along the Pacific coasts along with that of the widely accepted Beringian theory.Here languages probably were probably borrowed, fused, created,forgotten,remembered and you get the idea.If there was a single migration of people into the Americas (which we are finding out by science that this is not true)then would there not be more similarities between indigenous languages that would be more reminiscent ? The truth is there are probably way more languages that have existed then what we know. There are large concentrations of Clovis points found on the East coast of what is now The United States.If this technology was shared then its likely that languages were as well.These ancient people were sailors,hunter/gatherers who traveled up and down the coastlines.Some ventured further inland with the need to develop languages that distinguished them from neighboring tribes.Some came from the land bridge ice sheet as well.These groups blended their cultures and languages together and migrated all over the Americas. Then came facades of all sorts with resources that were naturally available. After that, forms of nationalism take over which then become successful for economics and agriculture, where they are then most likely mimicked and presented into other societies. It is sad however that many of the indigenous  youth are more concerned with the city life, than preserving their fragile languages.

 

Aulakh, R. (2013). Dying Languages:Scientist Fret as One Disappears Every 14 Days. Retrieved from https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/04/15/dying_languages_scientists_fret_as_one_disappears_every_14_days.html

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