Is it possible that this is how the language of our ancestors sounded in the distant past?
The Indo-European languages constitute the largest family of languages in the world in numbers of speakers. To this incredible list, belong most of the languages of Europe and South Asia (about 150 languages spoken by about 3,200 million people or 45% of the world population).
But where do all these languages come from, what is their origin? The first hypothesis of a common origin was proposed in the late eighteenth century by the British scholar Sir William Jones, who noted similarities between four of the oldest known languages: Sanskrit, Latin, Greek, and Persian.
German philologist and linguist Franz Bopp supported this hypothesis later, after systematically comparing these with other languages, Bopp was able to find many cognates or terms with the same etymological origin only with different phonetic evolution. This common language of origin has been called Proto-Indo-European and is believed to have been spoken for thousands of years.
According to researchers, approximately between 4,500 and 2,000 BC, the ancestors of most of Europe and Asia spoke the same native language, a language that is known today as Proto-Indo-European. Linguists are certain they have “reconstructed” the 600-year-old language and here below you can listen to what it sounded like.
Although there is no written record of such language, linguist Andrew Byrd from Kentucky reconstructed this ancient language using only the vocabulary experts are certain existed over 6000 years ago.
Here is the recording:
Byrd is an expert in Indo-European language and focused his studies on phonology. to record the 6000-year-old language, and edited and recited his version of a fable called the Sheep and the Horses, and a version of a story called The King and God in PIE (Proto-Indo-European) language.
For all of you who want to know what it actually means in English, check out the text below:
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.
Prometheus anyone? 😉