Skip to comments.Stone Age phrasebook developed by scientists studying oldest words
Posted on 02/26/2009 8:52:45 AM PST by BGHater
Some of the oldest words in use in have been identified by scientists studying the evolution of language.
English and Indo-European words including 'I', 'we', 'two' and 'thou' have changed so little in tends of thousands of years that ancient hunter-gatherers would have been able to understand them.
Researchers have also identified several words that could die out within 1,000 years because they are likely to evolve into different forms. They include "throw", "stick", "dirty", "guts" and "squeeze" which could all be out of use by the year 3000.
Mark Pagel, of the University of Reading, who is leading the research, said that it was becoming possible to create a rudimentary 'time traveller's phrasebook' of words that could be understood by Stone Age cavemen.
He told The Times: "If a time traveller wanted to go back in time to a specific date, we could probably draw up a little phrasebook of the modern words that are likely to have sounded similar back then. You wouldn't be able to discuss anything very complicated, but it might be enough to get you out of a tight spot."
Other early words include 'two', 'three' and 'five'.
Dr Pagel has tracked how words have changed by comparing languages from the Indo-European family, which includes most of the past and present languages of Europe, the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent.
He has been able to track the evolutionary history of Indo-European back using a computer and said that some of the oldest words were well over 10,000 years old even though the original Indo-European language is thought to date back no more than 9,000 years.
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Does the phrase “I’ll have the roast duck with mango salsa” appear in his phrase book? If not, it is completely useless.
Mmmmmm Fur Bikini, Grog Like.
Sensible people make plans for likely eventualities.
“Mmmmmm Fur Bikini, Grog Like”
Grog wears fur bikinis?
7 letters that Ugg said to Ghaa caused a bit of a tiff.
quite the cunning linguist
And I have two questions:
How much money did these bozos get to do the research, and how does it change my life?
(Or, to meet them on common ground — how many T-Rex ribs did they get for their work, and will it help me get a bigger cave?)
NO TA TA FOR YOU!
Shaving her legs with a flintstone sure was a pain in the @$$.
We have a guess as to what was said 10,000 years ago.
Still no cure for cancer.
Probably be, “I hate you.”
Well, at least the guy is smarter than Al Gore - smart enough to make bogus predictions that cannot be proven false during his lifetime...
A “ginormous” discovery?
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