A news research in London declares that the mother tongue actually comes from prehistoric fathers. Language change among our prehistoric ancestors came about via the arrival of immigrant men — rather than women — into new settlements, according to a new research. The claim is made by two University of Cambridge academics, Peter Forster and Colin Renfrew, in a report published in Science journal.
They studied the instances of genetic markers (the male Y chromosome and female mtDNA) from several thousand individuals in communities around the world that seem to show the emergence globally of sex-specific transmission of language, a university release said.
From Scandinavian Vikings who ferried kidnapped British women to Iceland — to African, Indian and Polynesian tribes, a pattern has emerged which appears to show that the arrival of men to particular geographic locations — through either agricultural dispersal or arrival of military forces — can have a significant impact on what language is spoken there.