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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Groundbreaking research shows English originated in Turkey

A new study claims that the English language originated in Anatolia - present-day Turkey.

An international team of scientists, led by Kiwi Quentin Atkinson, used groundbreaking methods to analyse words from more than 100 ancient and contemporary languages. The boffins fed the words through a computer program similar to one used to tracing the origins of virus outbreaks. The scientists claim their findings demonstrate that the Indo-European language family originated in Anatolia, 8000 years ago.

The language family has more than 400 languages and includes English, Persian and Hindi. These tongues are spoken on every continent, by around three billion people.

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