Ultraconserved Words from the Ice Age

Superfaszinierend: Wissenschaftler haben eine Liste von „ultrakonservierten“ Wörtern veröffentlicht, die man am Ende der letzten Eiszeit verwendet hat und die heute noch in rund 700 Sprachen enthalten sind.

A team of researchers has come up with a list of two dozen “ultraconserved words” that have survived 150 centuries. It includes some predictable entries: “mother,” “not,” “what,” “to hear” and “man.” It also contains surprises: “to flow,” “ashes” and “worm.”

The existence of the long-lived words suggests there was a “proto-Eurasiatic” language that was the common ancestor to about 700 contemporary languages that are the native tongues of more than half the world’s people.

Linguists identify 15,000-year-old ‘ultraconserved words’