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The Supersizers Eat... Ancient Rome (Part 1)

Frequently Asked Questions...

When you resurrect a language, how confident can you be that the pronunciation is like the original?

Like would a Roman, ancient Greek or Viking understand the spoken Latin, ancient Greek or Norse taught in universities today, and how close is the Hebrew spoken in modern Israel to the language spoken before the Dispersion?


Best Answer...

Answer:

I don't think you can know. In some cases with an ancient language, e.g., Latin, there is some contemporary description by linguists of how the mouth forms the different vowels, etc., but we can never know for sure. For Norse the closest thing we have is Icelandic, but even then that must have changed a lot over the centuries. English is very different now to what it was 500 years ago.