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Christoph Reichstadt, PhD [userpic]

The Language Tree

1. Juni 2008 (13:53)
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current location: Anthro lab
current mood: working

This is a simplified visual of what we call the Language Tree. Being a scholar of Indo-European in particular, my tree's roots do start out thus. During my studies in Uni, I could explain this tree branch by branch, top to bottom. I could expound upon the uncanny similarity between Welsh and Hindi accents, and yet when you look at the tree, they couldn't be farther apart.

I can tell you at around what time the Nordic peoples started turning their old proto-Germanic dialects into Scandinavian with a strong Asgard infusion. Ancient is a bit trickier, you hear traces of it in pre-Imperial Latin, then get a stronger revival at around the Middle Ages, concurrent with no obvious Ancient activity on Earth. Languages often like to toy with me, but that only makes me work harder at cracking them.

Which is why, when I haven't been directly needed in another department or for an activity directly related to our immediate survival, I've been redrawing this tree in order to accomodate Athosian English into it. Without a true history of the Athosians or of the Pegasus Galaxy at my disposal, all I have is the language itself. Is it, like the accents of Wales and India, a freak accident born of an ages-old shared ancestry? Or is the origin something far more recent?