Language 50,000 BC: Our ancestors like Yoda spoke - life - 10 October 2011 - New Scientist | Cognitive Science |

Merritt Ruhlen of Stanford University in California, and Murray Gell-Mann, at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico created a family tree for 2200 languages, living and dead, based on how they use similar sounds for the same meanings. Most modern languages use subject-verb-object sentences: "I see the dog", while most dead ones, such as Latin, go subject-object-verb – "I the dog see".

Via Sakis Koukouvis