Spoken Sample of Proto-Indo-European (not very accurate)





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Published on Aug 9, 2012

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This is a short story called "The King and the God" spoken in what linguists think Proto-Indo-European might have been like.

There are no native speakers left in the world, and there is no written record of it, but linguists have reconstructed it by comparing all of the languages that evolved from it. They don't all agree on what it was like, but this is close to the general consensus.

I didn't write the story, nor did I reconstruct Proto--Indo-European. I just found the story online, noticed there weren't any audio samples of reconstructed PIE and did my best to pronounce what I found so other people could hear what it might have sounded like.

The pictures are just stuff having to do with the Proto-Indo-Europeans. There's pictures of pottery they left behind, as well as pictures of modern-day steppe dwelling people who might have lived and looked like them.

Lol, the "interactive transcript" is struggling desperately to figure out what I'm saying!

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