Thursday, February 26, 2009

Which are the Oldest English words ?

BBC reports -

"Reading University researchers say "I", "we", "two" and "three" are among the oldest in use and date back as much as 40,000 years....

..."We think some of these words are as ancient as 40,000 years old. The sound used to make those words would have been used by all speakers of the Indo-European languages throughout history," Professor Pagel said.

"Here's a sound that has been connected to a meaning - and it's a mostly arbitrary connection - yet that sound has persisted for those tens of thousands of years."

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