Ammā Dnghu: A taste for PIE.

Forget Hebrew, Latin and Old Norse – the Page F30 blog reports on folks out there working to bring back a really old language:

That’s the concept behind the reconstruction of the Proto-Indo-European language, a language that is believed to have been spoken around 3000 BC to 2500 BC, at least two millenia before Latin began to achieve any sort of prominence. The theory goes that a few centuries later this language eventually evolved into different languages, which eventually became the ancestors of various language families, and these eventually diverged again into other individual languages that we have today, languages that differ from each other but still retain large similarities to each other.

This original PIE language has never been written down, but luckily the huge number of Indo-European languages (400+ languages) and the commonalities between them have allowed us to reconstruct the original language with a fair amount of accuracy.

The most prominent group at the moment advocating the serious revival and use of a modern common Indo-European language is the Indo-European Language Association, located at, and one of their goals is to eventually see it become a working language of the European Union. The name dnghu itself is a good choice. Dnghu is PIE for tongue or language….

In Germanic languages, dnghu became tongan and thence tongue, while in early Latin, it became dingua and then lingua and thence language.

Ammā is easy to guess – just stick an “m” in front of it.