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VIDEO: What Ancient Languages Sound Like

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2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ictram
Ictram
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Thanks for sharing, very interesting stuff!

Also strangely calming, nice to listen to if you're stressing.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/efisgpr
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Hey! My pleasure. I agree, especially the Ancient Egyptian one. Sounds like a person with a very good voice is telling an important, fascinating story in a pyramid room with amazing acoustics. If you, or anyone else reading this, wants to go straight to it, it occurs like 3-5 minutes in.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ESAndrew

How would they know what they sounded like?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Alishahr

We don't know for certain what these languages sounded like, but historical linguistics (and historical reconstruction by extension) can make some fairly good guesses by understanding how sounds change over time and working backwards from modern languages.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HuShifang
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In the case of Chinese -- which is especially tricky, given that characters and their elements have at most a loose connection to given sounds -- there's help from poems and rhyming dictionaries: we know that certain poems are supposed to fit certain well-established and enduring rhyming frameworks, and we have rhyming dictionaries going back about 1500 years that explicitly say things like "x rhymes with y" or "x has the same sound as y but in a different tone." So, you can get pretty far just by chaining these rhyme associations backwards. Add in some linguistic reconstruction, and there you go. (Interesting side note: Song dynasty (960-1279 CE) poetry doesn't rhyme in Mandarin, but rhymes very well in Cantonese)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/efisgpr
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Not sure. I was gonna look into that channel on YT but no time.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amaratea
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Sanskrit is still there, pronounciation did not change much. Old Norse I assume is prompted by modern Icelandic.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/efisgpr
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Hey, interesting comment. Where are you from? It's "pronunciation", by the way. Sort of like "to announce" and "anunciation" (ou --> u transformation).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amaratea
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Thank you for pointing it out. However, my country of birth and of residence have no connection to knowledge about Sanskrit or Old Norse :P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/efisgpr
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I was just wondering what your native language is. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence
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Teacher's pet :P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Windrammer
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The video is extremely inaccurate though.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HuShifang
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The quality may vary from language to language, but the Chinese ones, at least, are consistent with other reconstructions I've heard.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/efisgpr
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Oh really? Do tell. :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Windrammer
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You could read the comments on the video, but I'll mention that "Old Norse" is modern Icelandic, "Aramaic" is Hebrew and that Latin pronunciation is totally off.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vytah
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That Latin is taken straight from the French TV series Le Destin de Rome and is spoken by a famous Polish actor Paweł Deląg. His accent is pretty inaccurate.

Have a bit more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nxLVTNdo7M

2 years ago
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