This Marvellous Invention
A Of all mankind manifold creations, language must take pride of place. Other inventions – the wheel, agriculture, sliced bread – may have transformed our Q7 material existence, but the advent of language is what made us human. Q1 Compared to language, all other inventions pale in significance, since Q8 everything we have ever achieved depends on language and originates from it. Q11 Without language, we could never have embarked on our ascent to unparalleled power over all other animals, and even over nature itself.