A first-of-its-kind linguistic study reveals more than two-thirds of the world’s languages use the same sounds for the same words.
The breakthrough finding disproves one of the most fundamental concepts in linguistics — the idea that the relationship between the sound of a word and its meaning is unrelated.
Instead it proves that humans tend to use the same sounds for common objects and ideas, no matter what language they are speaking.
The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), analysed between 40 and 100 basic vocabulary words from 62 per cent of the world’s more than 6,000 current languages and 85 per cent of their linguistic lineages.
Another PC myth bites the dust. One of the most pernicious bits of PC unreality, and the origin of much human misery because governments base policy on it, is the idea that humans are blank tablets at birth and can be programmed. Now linguistics adds another nail to the coffin of this idea.
Note to PC ignoramuses: there’s something called human nature which is a product of our evolutionary past, and isn’t just whatever you happen to want it to be.