Prehistoric teacher

Col 12

In prehistoric times when homonids could not yet talk but started to make tools out of stone the following scene occurred:

An experienced stonemason shows a youngster how to make a hand axe by striking slivers off the core rock using a hammer stone. When the youngster gets to work, he notices it does not go well; he began striking the rock in the wrong spot. He needs to hit the core rock where it is somewhat pointy. The stonemason shows the youngster once again, showing him the core rock with the pointy side in the correct position and indicates the pointy side while emitting a cry: ho! It is more a panting sound.

He does this for the first time, in an emotional expression of frustration. He faces an unmanageable situation. He knows what needs to be done and utters a cry in order to entice the youngster to carry out the correct maneuver.

The accompanying cry will be different each time (ha ho, etc.). The teacher’s successors uttered yet other cries. However, over the course of time, one cry would prevail, becoming a hype, let’s say ‘ho’. One must remember that, during that particular course of time, the population would have been relatively small.

So the emergence of language began.

© Max Farjon 2017