About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Ancient Turkey Was The 'Birth' Place of The English Language

by Rukmani Krishna on August 28, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Font : A-A+

 Ancient Turkey Was The 'Birth' Place of The English Language

A new study has revealed that English has descended from a language that emerged about 8,000 and 9,500 years ago in Turkey.

Scientists from New Zealand, have traced the origin of languages classed as Indo-European to Anatolia, an ancient region of western Asia, which now covers most of the modern Turkey, the Daily Mail reported.

Advertisement

English is a part of the Indo-European language family, which includes more than 400 languages and dialects like German, French, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Persian, Hindi and ancient Greek, and all of them are said to have evolved from a common ancestor.

Experts have said that Indo-European languages spread out from the Middle East along with the agriculture.

Scientists led by Remco Bouckaert, from the University of Auckland, traced the origins of the Indo-European languages using a method that they borrowed from evolutionary biologists.
Advertisement

Instead of comparing DNA from different species, the researchers looked at 'cognates' - which are words that have a common origin.

One example is "mother," which is called "mutter" in Germany and in Spanish is equivalent to "madre."

The words are so similar that there must have been a link in the language's history rather than the comparison occurring by chance.

By modelling how hundreds of words evolved through time, the researchers have been able to pinpoint the languages birthplace in what is now modern Turkey.

The research has been published in the journal 'Science.'

Source: ANI
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Alarming Cesarean Section Trends in India - Convenience or Compulsion of Corporate Healthcare
Quiz on Low-Calorie Diet for Diabetes
World Heart Day in 2022- Use Heart for Every Heart
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Stuttering 

Most Popular on Medindia

Daily Calorie Requirements Find a Hospital Accident and Trauma Care Vent Forte (Theophylline) The Essence of Yoga Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Indian Medical Journals Drug Side Effects Calculator Post-Nasal Drip Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
×

Ancient Turkey Was The 'Birth' Place of The English Language Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests