We keep words used during the Ice Age

We keep words used during the Ice Age

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It has been shown that the population that inhabited Europe during the Ice Age, 15,000 years ago, could have been using common words like me, you, us, man and barkaccording to recent research from the University of Reading.

Mark Pagel, Professor of Evolutionary Biology and his team using statistical models have shown that certain words have been exchanged for long periods of time. These words indicate the existence of a linguistic tree which relates seven linguistic forms of Eurasia (Indo-European, Urals, Altaic, Kartvelian, Dravidians, Chuckchee-Kamchatka, and Eskimo-Aleuts).

Previously, linguists have been based on the study of the common pronunciation between words of different languages ​​to identify those that can derive from ancestors, is the case of “patter"In Latin or"father”In English, but this similarity may be accidental and have nothing to do with the goal they want to find.

To solve this problem, a subset of words commonly used in everyday speech which are the most conducive to being preserved over time. It has been discovered in this way pronouns, numbers and adverbs which are replaced more slowly and usually maintain a half-life of 10,000 years or more.

Professor Pagel's research has contributed to know how our 7,000 languages ​​have evolved still alive. Research has documented how some of the words remain alive and others become obsolete over time, using statistical estimates of lexical replacement rates.

I was born in Madrid on August 27, 1988 and since then I started a work of which there is no example. Fascinated by both numbers and letters and a lover of the unknown, that is why I am a future graduate in Economics and Journalism, interested in understanding life and the forces that have shaped it. Everything is easier, more useful and more exciting if, with a look at our past, we can improve our future and for that… History.

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