Linguists identify 15,000-year-old ‘ultraconserved words’

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Researchers identify two dozen words whose sound and meaning have survived the past 15,000 years.

Pamela D Lloyd‘s insight:

By comparing the sounds of commonly used words across language families, linguists have identified a handful they believe may have been present from our earliest beginnings. The "proto-Eurasiatic" language, these linguists suggest, may be the ancestor of seven language families, with words that were essential for daily life being the most likely to survive to the present day.

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