Have you ever asked yourself how did our ancertors’ language sound like? Well, linguists have recently reconstructed what a 6,000 year-old-language called Proto-Indo-European, the forerunner of many European and Asian languages, might have sounded like.
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In this amazing SoundCloud record, Andrew Byrd, a archeological linguist, reads a written story using only the vocabulary we are certain existed 6,000 years ago.
Here’s the translation of the story:
A sheep that had no wool saw horses, one of them pulling a heavy wagon, one carrying a big load, and one carrying a man quickly. The sheep said to the horses: “My heart pains me, seeing a man driving horses.” The horses said: “Listen, sheep, our hearts pain us when we see this: a man, the master, makes the wool of the sheep into a warm garment for himself. And the sheep has no wool.” Having heard this, the sheep fled into the plain.
Read more about this story here.