Evolution of words


Written on Thursday, October 11, 2007 by Jessica

Frequently used words are less likely to evolve or mutate over time.

...The entire family of 87 Indo-European languages spoken today are thought to share a common origin reaching back some 10,000 years.

Very commonly used words — two or water, for example — remain recognizably related across this vast linguistic spectrum, they found. But others words that occur less frequently in daily speech, even if they are hardly obscure, have changed profoundly over centuries and millennia.

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  1. Christina |

    interesting, language is evolving in some cases....


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