Matrices #2, Une était la langue
Writing, etymology, phonology and other things...
By the 19th century, linguists considered that all modern Indo-European languages descended from a single tongue, Proto-Indo-European. The question became, what did PIE sound like?
In 1868, German linguist August Schleicher used reconstructed PIE vocabulary to create a fable,The Sheep and the Horses, in order to hear some approximation of the language.
Recently, researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford have developed a sound-based method to move back through the family tree of languages that stem from PIE. They can simulate how certain words would have sounded when they were spoken 8,000 years ago.
Remarkably, at the heart of the technology is the statistics of shape.
Une était la langue. Revue Sabir N°2, 2020.