Linguistics and the Past: Small Talk in the Stone Age

by Benjamin Domenech on 2:24 am March 4, 2009

A “time traveller’s phrasebook” that could allow basic communication between modern English speakers and Stone Age cavemen is being compiled by scientists studying the evolution of language. Research has identified a handful of modern words that have changed so little in tens of thousands of years that ancient hunter-gatherers would probably have been able to understand them.

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