Is This What The Proto-Indo-European Language Spoken 6,000 Years Ago Sounded Like?

PIEIt sounds like the Satanic incantations hidden in the fadeout of Beatles album. io9 writes:

Linguists have recently reconstructed what a 6,000 year-old-language called Proto-Indo-European might have sounded like. This language was the forerunner of many European and Asian languages, and now you can listen to how it may have sounded.

Proto-Indo-European (PIE) was spoken by a people who lived from roughly 4500 to 2500 B.C. The question became, what did PIE sound like? As linguists have continued to discover more about PIE, this sonic experiment is periodically updated to reflect the most current understanding of how this extinct language would have sounded when spoken some six thousand years ago. Since there is considerable disagreement among scholars, no one version can be considered definitive.

  • Calypso_1

    This would be more fun to learn than Klingon.

    • swabby429

      Not only fun, but much more valuable to research teams.

      • anothercontrarian

        As one commenter has wisely noted, ‘Nice horse, Duud!’

  • Cortacespedes

    I am sure they totally messed up the accent.

  • BuzzCoastin

    this reading sounds a lot like Joyce reading Finnegans Wake

    • Cortacespedes

      Both equally indecipherable (lol). But Joyce got the accent right. By listening to this, you know what a 20th century Irishman sounded like.

    • kowalityjesus

      why does this go along so well with a Welshman’s beat?
      an atavistic convergence?

      holy shit, 7:00 did you hear him say “Latin me that, scholar. Out of your Sanskrit and into our Aryan” could there have been a more apt passage? Synchronous choice, Buzz!

      • BuzzCoastin

        Joyce was way ahead of these guys

        about its forksfrogs, paces with a frown,
        jerking to and fro, flinging phrases here, there, or
        returns inhibited, with some half-halted suggestion,
        F, dragging its shoestring;
        the curious warning sign
        before our protoparent’s ipsissima verba
        (a very pure nondescript, by the way,
        sometimes a palmtailed otter,
        more oft en the arbutus fruitflowerleaf of the cainapple)
        which paleographers call a leak in the thatch or
        the aranman ingperwhis through the hole of his hat,

  • Ted Heistman

    Its sounds like somebody talking to a small child.

    I think in reality they would sound more aggro, given their propensity for raping and pillaging and making goblets from human skulls etc.

    • Magnus Andreas Holen Myrtveit

      nope. people 6,000 years ago were generally more into chilling out, getting laid and eating food.

      • Ted Heistman

        Not these crazy fuckers: They were all about Gold and fighting from horseback.

        • Magnus Andreas Holen Myrtveit

          i stand corrected!

        • Calypso_1

          You need to check your timescale.

          • Ted Heistman

            “The Scythians (/ˈsɪθi.ən/ or /ˈsɪði.ən/; from Greek Σκύθης, Σκύθοι) were Iranic equestrian tribes who inhabited large areas in the central Eurasian steppes between the 7th century BC and 4th century AD”

            6000 years ago is right in there.

          • kcorb

            that would be 2700-1600 years ago, or am I missing something?

          • Ted Heistman

            No. I had a brain fart. I was thinking 600 BC instead of 6000 BP.

            Anyway the Scythians were a Proto Indo European culture, the Wikipedia entry links to a series on them. That is where the map in the article comes from.

          • Calypso_1

            Not PIE. IE.

            The map represents a timeline 4000 to 1000 BC.

          • Calypso_1

            Bible time?

  • marshall

    yep, sounds like ancient scandinavian, gaelic and latin combined.

  • Mazeus

    bullshits, indoeuropeans its a f lie!