4 thoughts on “The Sounds of Sumer

  1. Very cool. Interesting to hear what it might have originally sounded like to the ancient Sumerians.

  2. I certainly enjoyed this performance — and such an evocative location! In the early 80’s I heard that no one really knew how ancient greek speech actually sounded. Maybe advances in forensic linguistic phonetics, or whatever it’s called, yield better guesstimations by now?

    1. There are a couple of phonetic transliterations of Minoan magical incantations that were made by the Hittites which sound very much like Hattic.

      There have also been serious efforts to compile a list of words in modern Greek that are due to substrate influence. But, I’ve not seen anyone take the obvious next step to more fully reconstruct the language that was the source of these substrate words.

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