How to Speak Wenja: Brina Winja dachaya

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  1. Anon says:

    I loved the game and your interpretation of a proto-proto I.E. But I find some of the translations hard to believe. "Solwéi me! = 'Save me!'" Why would the word "me" be left unaltered in 12,000 years (5,500 years if we take PIE) of linguistic development, until the current English pronounciation? It's unlikely that any modern language has an unchanged/duplicate of a word pronounced 12,000 years ago.

  2. Andrew Byrd says:

    Smarkaka! Glad you loved the game as much as we did. I know it seems hard-to-believe at first glance, but you can rest assured that a number of the words that we have in English do indeed come from Proto-Indo-European. For the archaicness of "me", just look at the words that mean "me" in some of the IE languages — French moi, Sanskrit ma, Greek eme, Latin me, Armenian im "my", the list goes on and on. In fact, some scholars (though note that this is a minority) believe that words like "me" go beyond Indo-European — strikingly there are languages such as Turkish where "m" marks a 1st person "I, me".

    Also note that the word isn't pronounced as "mee" but rather as "meh".

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