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Mother tongue may be older than many think

Mother tongue may be older than many think
trefwoorden: taal - indo-eurpoees - 7.000 BCE
Indo-European originated 8,000 to 10,000 years ago, perhaps among ancient farmers in what is now Turkey, according to new research released today.
Indo-Eurpean is the mother tongue of such modern and extinct languages as American English, Haitian Creole, Gaelic, Punjabi and ancient Hittite.
Using computational techniques borrowed from evolutionary biology, researchers calculated rates of change in basic words -- body parts, personal pronouns, kinship and numerals -- and projected the results backward in time. Scientists use the same techniques to sequence DNA in studying the evolution of organisms.

Lees verder bij: Washington Post (26 november 2003)