Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Are Lithuanians obsessed with bees? Lithuanian, the most conservative of all Indo-European languages, is riddled with references to bees.

“Lithuanian, the most conservative of all Indo-European languages, is riddled with references to bees.

But the fact that these references to bees have been preserved over hundreds of years demonstrates something rather interesting about the Lithuanian language: according to the Lithuanian Quarterly Journal of Arts and Sciences, it’s the most conservative of all living Indo-European languages. While its grammar, vocabulary and characteristic sounds have changed over time, they’ve done so only very slowly. For this reason, the Lithuanian language is of enormous use to researchers trying to reconstruct Proto-Indo-European, the single language, spoken around four to five millennia ago, that was the progenitor of tongues as diverse as English, Armenian, Italian and Bengali.”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180319-are-lithuanians-obsessed-with-bees

Languages do matter!

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