Professor Mark Pagel has been conducting a study on the history of Indo-European languages
, which form the basis of how we speak today.
The academic said Jack and the Beanstalk was rooted in a group of stories classified as The Boy Who Stole Ogre's Treasure, and could be traced back to when Eastern and Western Indo-European languages
split - more than 5,000 years ago.
Meanwhile, Leiden University in the Netherlands is working on a totally updated Indo-European Dictionary that will reconstruct the primal Indo-European language
of 8,000 years ago.
Many European languages, in particular Indo-European languages
, make widespread use of what is etymologically a reflexive marker (e.
In 1822, Jakob Grimm (the same Grimm who, together with his brother Wilheim, collected and published German folk tales) proposed an explanation for certain systematic differences observed among the Indo-European languages
Latin and its successor Romance languages record a long period of Indo-European language
, she says, and during a period of rapid language change, so that the earliest known Latin displays quite archaic features while Romance languages continue to evolve in modern times.
Iranian languages form a major subgroup of the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European Language
The Lithuanians are a Baltic people, and the official language, Lithuanian, is one of only two living languages (together with Latvian) in the Baltic branch of the Indo-European language
English is a part of the Indo-European language
family, which includes more than 400 languages and dialects like German, French, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Persian, Hindi and ancient Greek, and all of them are said to have evolved from a common ancestor.
These include the first Indo-European language
(Sanskrit - the mother of all European languages, including English), the first university, Chess, the first school of medicine and surgery and the first proper drainage system (Harappan civilisation).
As words moved from one Indo-European language
to another some were affected by certain sound changes.
The Maldives are a chain of 1087 small coral islands with a mixed population of 214,000 speaking an Indo-European language