International Journal for Arabic Linguistics and Literature Studies

Volume 4 - Issue 3 (2) | PP: 102 - 116 Language : English

Arabic Is Not Mankind’s First Language: An Analytical Study

Osama Khaled Mohammed Hammad
Received Date Revised Date Accepted Date Publication Date
21/8/2022 21/9/2022 6/10/2022 29/11/2022
Scholars from different times and places have debated over man’s first language. While some assumed it was Arabic, others said it was Hebrew, Persian, etc. Some scholars concluded that looking into this topic was meaningless and invited others not to examine it. This paper aims to address this controversial issue and to dismiss the fallacious arguments and misconceptions that Adam’s first language was Arabic. The analysis argues that Adam did not really speak any modern-day languages; not Arabic or any other. Any person who has looked into the nature of languages and comprehended their secrets knows that languages are continuously changing which is a distinctive feature of language. Adam did speak a language, and it is the mother of all languages. However, his language is not classified as one of these languages we know in much the way that Adam himself is the father of mankind, but does not look like one of them. Adam brought his offspring to the world, and his language brought other languages. So long as people continue to breed, languages, too, develop and change. Just as it is impossible for Adam to be one of today’s humans, so it is impossible for his language to exist in modern time.

How To Cite This Article
Hammad , O. K. M. (2022). Arabic Is Not Mankind’s First Language: An Analytical Study. International Journal for Arabic Linguistics and Literature Studies, 4 (3), 102-116, 10.31559/JALLS2022.4.3.2

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