#1 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, September 30th, 2013 17:29
#2 By: Boundegar, September 30th, 2013 17:58
"...suggesting that they all evolved from a common ancestor."
See, you secularists just have to drag evolution into everything, don't you? Why can't you just go with the simpler explanation? When God threw down the Tower of Babel and confused all human speech, as related in Genesis 11, he obviously only confused it a little bit. This is prima facie evidence of God's mercy, quod erat demonstrandum. See, science isn't all that hard!
#3 By: Benoit Gerbet, September 30th, 2013 18:18
So, this means everybody was scottish ?
#4 By: Brandon Kiesling, September 30th, 2013 23:00
PIE was also the language used by the Architects in Prometheus, and the language David was studying at the beginning of the film.
#5 By: Steve Kimball, October 1st, 2013 03:57
I've always heard the claim that Lithuanian was the Indo-European language that was most like the archaic PIE. It would be interesting to hear this same passage spoken in Lithuanian for comparison.
#6 By: Chentzilla, October 1st, 2013 04:34
#7 By: Douglas Warren, October 1st, 2013 08:33
It sounds like a Klingon ate an Elf.
#8 By: Daniel Nebdal, October 1st, 2013 08:57
I think the usual claim is that Lithuanian is close to Sanskrit, not PIE?
(Though I guess Sanskrit is closer to PIE than most known languages, so ... )
#9 By: Aaron Harmon, October 1st, 2013 13:17
That claim is just about the same as saying that Italian is closest to Latin. OK, maybe, but still a many centuries removed, and thus the claim is mostly meaningless (except, perhaps to linguists). It's not like a Lithuanian would listen to this and go "Oh, yeah. Grampa used to tell me that story."
#10 By: Public Bizmail, October 1st, 2013 13:36
I was shocked at how much this sounded like my daughter practicing her Latin.
It sounds nothing like my Israeli relatives chattering in Hebrew -- but modern Hebrew is rarely spoken with such calmness and poetic intent
#11 By: Daniel Nebdal, October 1st, 2013 16:07
Well, not this - this is speculative PIE, not sanskrit. Not that lithuanian and sanskrit are siblings either, but they do seem to be closer. (From what I gather, it's a case of lithuanian being very conservative, while sanskrit is just plain old).
On a related note, just how impenetrable is latin to someone that speaks italian? Is it like old norse to me, where I can sort of guess at sentences but a bunch of the words are derived so far I only see the connection after looking at a translation?
#12 By: Peter, October 1st, 2013 17:16
I don't know, the story's okay, but it kind of lacks some punch. Maybe it could add a sabre-tooth tiger attack or something. I don't care if it's not the right era, it's a story.
Also, I don't wanna be 'that guy', but it also totally fails the Bechdel Test.
#13 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, October 5th, 2013 17:29
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