Linguistics and Ancient Languages
Sanskrit is an ancient Indoeuropean language.
Proto-Indo-European - PIE
Proto-Indo-European is a theorized language.
Languages of Ancient India and Pakistan
These are the languages the ancient people of India and Pakistan are thought to have spoken.
Oracles Bones From Ancient China
Oracle bones contain writing from ancient China.
The Tower of Babel and the Diffusion of Languages
The story of the Tower of Babel is used to explain the origin of the many languages of the world.
Alphabet - What Was the First Alphabet?
What was the first alphabet?
The Comparative Method is used by historical linguists to deduce ancestral languages.
Features of IPA Phonemes
Quizzes to help identify the features of the phonemes in the IPA.
Great Vowel Shift
The English Great Vowel Shift helps to explain why we have such trouble figuring out how to pronounce Latin.
Hebrew Language Group
The place of Hebrew in the languages of the world.
Meaning and Significance of Biblical and Hebrew Names
Resources on the meaning of Hebrew names for modern children.
Neuter Plural and Feminine Singular A-ending
A theory about the a-ending in the neuter plural and feminine singular.
Novilara Stele and the North Picene Language
The Novilara Stele and the North Picene language.
Nostratic is the name for a proposed ancestral group of language families.
The life and works of Homer.
African History at About.com: Nilo-Saharan Language Group
From Alistair Boddy-Evans, About.com Guide to African History. A look at the Nilo-Saharan Language group, one of the four major language groups in Africa as identified by anthropologists and historical linguists.
How Do You Decide Which Bible Translation to Use?
Readers respond to the question: How Do You Decide Which Bible Translation to Use?
Why Are There Problems Choosing Bible Translations?
Learn about the issues involved in Bible translation that make it hard to know which version of the Bible is best for studying Biblical history.
Aristarchus devised symbols for making notes in his authoritative edition of Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey".
Chinese Culture at About.com: Origin of Chinese Characters
About.com's Chinese Culture Guide tells about the origin of the non-alphabetic, square Chinese characters used in writing.
Archaeology at About.com: Mawangdui
The site consisted of seven tombs, in which the preservation was fabulous, including intact silks, maps, and scrolls in addition to the human remains there. Among the scrolls were seven medical manuscripts, which together comprise the most ancient manuscripts on medicine found in China to date.
Boustrephedon is a manner of writing said to come from plowing.