English, Hindi, And Greek All Came From One Proto-Indo-European Language

Indo-European languages encompass English, Latin, Sanskrit, Greek, Hindi, Russian, Celtic, and more. Linguists believe that these tongues all descended from one ancestral language, spoken between 4500 and 2500 BC. Though there is no written record of Proto-Indo-European, or PIE, scholars have recreated many words and numbers in the language, along with their theories on pronunciations.

How Did Language Originate?

Hear linguist Arika Okrent talk more about how languages originated and have changed over time on the Curiosity Podcast. Stream or download the podcast using the player below, or find the episode everywhere podcasts are found, including iTunes, Stitcher, and Gretta.

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Written by Curiosity Staff January 6, 2016