acoustic phonetics, statistics and comparative philology to
bring speech back from the past
we are trying to do
Indo-European digits database
Here I'll gather together in one place all the audio demos previously tweeted on the twitter feed @sounds_ancient (http://twitter.com/sounds_ancient), on the blog, and in presentations and lectures. Check out the blog (see link at left) for more demos and examples.
Modern English 'break' comes from Proto-Indo-European *bhreĝ something like this: http://www.phon.ox.ac.uk/jcoleman/break-from-bhreg.wav …
I posted demo of "five" from (Lithuanian) "penki". But
PIE has *penkwe, not penki. So here done better: http://www.phon.ox.ac.uk/jcoleman/five-from-penkwe.mp3 …
Starting to fill new table of Indo-European digit sounds at http://www.phon.ox.ac.uk/jcoleman/ancient-sounds-database.html … New tokens of *treies, *ksweks, quinque and Ancient Gk, and *penkwe, *septm (wrong stress, but hey), quattuor (hybrid of Ladin kwater and Welsh pedwar, maybe too prominent). Comments +/- welcomed.
2015. Clips relating to the paper we
gave at the 18th International Congress of
Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow
(Coleman, Aston and Pigole 2015, "Reconstructing the sounds
of words from the past"), is available from the "papers"
page (see sidebar at left).
26 May 2015. "Three" comes from Proto-Indo-European "*treyes". Not from Spanish "tres", but that's the nearest I've got. Listen: http://www.phon.ox.ac.uk/jcoleman/three-from-treis.wav. Here's the MP3 version: http://www.phon.ox.ac.uk/jcoleman/three-from-treis.mp3 …
25 May 2015. "One" comes from Proto-Indo-European *oinos, via Middle English "oon", Anglo-Saxon "an", Germanic "oin(s)". Listen: http://www.phon.ox.ac.uk/jcoleman/one-from-oins.wav …
"One" from "oin(s)", MP3 format: http://www.phon.ox.ac.uk/jcoleman/one-from-oins.mp3 …
Previously [12th May] we generated a continuum of sounds from "two" to "twa" and vice-versa. Now, we follow "two" all the way back to Proto-Indo-European *dwo(H). WAV: http://www.phon.ox.ac.uk/jcoleman/two-from-dwo.wav … MP3: http://www.phon.ox.ac.uk/jcoleman/two-from-dwo.wav.mp3 …
18 May 2015. "Eight" came from Proto-Indo-European *Hokto, via changes something like this: http://www.phon.ox.ac.uk/jcoleman/eight-from-okto.wav … (MP3 version http://www.phon.ox.ac.uk/jcoleman/eight-from-okto.mp3 …)
15 May 2015. "Four" comes from Anglo-Saxon "feower": http://www.phon.ox.ac.uk/jcoleman/four-from-feower.wav …
15 May 2015.
"Five" comes via fif, fimf, pemp from Proto-Indo-European *penkwe.
Lithuanian penki is nearest living word. Listen: http://www.phon.ox.ac.uk/jcoleman/five-from-penki.wav …
12 May 2015. Simulating the derivation of Modern English "two" from Anglo-Saxon "twa": http://www.phon.ox.ac.uk/jcoleman/two-from-twa.wav … Or if you prefer going forwards in time from Anglo-Saxon "twa" to Modern English "two": http://www.phon.ox.ac.uk/jcoleman/twa-to-two.wav …
1 April 2015.
|John Coleman is supported by a
Science in Culture Innovation Award from the
||John Aston is supported by a Fellowship from the|