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.

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

  1. Calypso_1 | Oct 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm |

    This would be more fun to learn than Klingon.

  2. Cortacespedes | Oct 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm |

    I am sure they totally messed up the accent.

  3. BuzzCoastin | Oct 5, 2013 at 6:40 pm |

    this reading sounds a lot like Joyce reading Finnegans Wake

    • Cortacespedes | Oct 5, 2013 at 7:04 pm |

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

    • kowalityjesus | Oct 5, 2013 at 8:32 pm |

      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 | Oct 5, 2013 at 10:02 pm |

        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,

  4. Ted Heistman | Oct 6, 2013 at 8:53 am |

    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 | Oct 6, 2013 at 10:03 am |

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

      • Ted Heistman | Oct 6, 2013 at 2:28 pm |

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

        • Magnus Andreas Holen Myrtveit | Oct 6, 2013 at 2:37 pm |

          i stand corrected!

        • Calypso_1 | Oct 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm |

          You need to check your timescale.

          • Ted Heistman | Oct 6, 2013 at 3:34 pm |

            “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.

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

          • Ted Heistman | Oct 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm |

            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 | Oct 6, 2013 at 4:50 pm |

            Not PIE. IE.

            The map represents a timeline 4000 to 1000 BC.

          • Calypso_1 | Oct 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm |

            Bible time?

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

  6. bullshits, indoeuropeans its a f lie!

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