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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:10 pm 
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OMG I have to share this clip about how various ancient languages supposively sounded like:

PIE didn't sound consonant-heavy at all, like I had expected. Middle Egyptian sounds kinda nice somehow. Not as harsh as Semitic languages. But Old Chinese is hilarious! :-D

What do you think about this clip?

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Many of them sound stilted--you can tell they're reading a language they're not quite comfortable with. I rather enjoyed the Sumerian, though.

EDIT: To add to the problems mentioned above, I wasn't hearing the ejectives in the Akkadian reading, either, though I did in Phoenician.

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Oh sorry, I never clicked Kath's link, so I didn't realize this had already been posted. :/

As for the Old Norse, I think it sounds as if it's read by Danes.

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Ah, okay. I'll take a look in that thread again.

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The "Aramaic" one is taken from the first verses of Chapter 2 of Daniel, and is actually Hebrew. That text doesn't switch into Aramaic until two verses after the sample ends. :roll:

Hebrew and Aramaic at that time had very similar phonologies, so the pronunciation is okayish, but there are no ejectives, and of course the whole thing is read haltingly and with unnatural intonation.


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Oh no! >__<

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