Our Ancestors May Have Sounded Like This
Prof records story in millenia-old language
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 30, 2013 7:03 AM CDT
Updated Oct 5, 2013 12:30 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Recording studios were hard to find 6,500 years ago, but thanks to centuries of scholarship, we may now be able to get a sense of how our ancient ancestors sounded. A linguist at the University of Kentucky has recorded a short story in Proto-Indo-European, or PIE, a language probably spoken across Europe and Asia from about 4,500 BCE to 2,500 BCE. Professor Andrew Byrd used Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit to deduce what PIE might have sounded like, the Huffington Post reports.

It's "a very educated approximation," Byrd says. His recording for Archaeology magazine tells a story written in 1868 and then translated into PIE; in it, sheep and horses discuss their plight as servants of humans. English, Swedish, and Farsi all come from Indo-European languages, Byrd tells HuffPost. "Farsi and English were 6,500 years ago the same language," he notes. "That's pretty cool, and it kind of gives you a sense of unity."

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iq145
Oct 5, 2013 4:21 PM CDT
Now we say: "Yo. What up, dog?"
ppaca
Oct 5, 2013 3:35 PM CDT
Now we are descended from sheep and horses? But this article does explain why everyone who speaks English can so easily understand Farsi. What a load of crap.
arclight6970
Oct 5, 2013 2:16 PM CDT
Perhaps this is related to the article submitted to all those science journals and fooled 157 of them. Now science has reverted to guessing at ancient history or the "what might have been" theory of science. Great, soon we will be awarding grants to develop theories having no basis in fact, just guessing. And we wonder why China, India and other countries are educating more scientists, mathematicians, doctors, engineers and others while our higher education system produces "guesses".