One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The theory that humans are all descended from a single pair of ancestors.Also called monogeny
- ‘Almost any popular folk narrative provides evidence of monogenesis.’
- ‘This seems to be the ground of his preference for monogenesis - the theory that the races are descended from a common stock - over polygenesis - the theory that the races have different origins.’
- 1.1Linguistics The hypothetical origination of language or of a surname from a single source at a particular place and time.
- ‘Language seems to have been the evolutionary Rubicon for Homo sapiens, though the paleolinguist rejects the notion of linguistic monogenesis.’
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