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Table 1 Linguistic descent with modification spanning nearly three millenniaa

From: Q&A: What is human language, when did it evolve and why should we care?

Word Homeric Greek Modern Greek
One eis
(είς)
ena
(ένα)
Day emar
(ήμαρ)
emera
(ημέρα)
Two dyo (thuo)
(δύο, δύω)
dyo
(δυο)
Father pater
(πατήρ)
pateras
(πατέρας)
To eat etho
(έδω)
faei
(φάει)
Bird ornis
(όρνις)
pouli
(πουλί)
  1. aHomeric Greek of the Iliad dates from ~750 BCE. Words in bold have been replaced in Modern Greek
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