Vanished Voices 4+

The Indo-European Phrase Book

Zooma B.V.

Designed for iPhone

    • 4.6 • 10 Ratings
    • Free

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How did people speak thousands of years ago? How did their language sound? This app is as close to time travel as you can get.

- choose a sentence in order to get details on pronunciation and transliteration in a particular language.
- click on previous or later stages of a language to see how the language changed over time.
- click on the family tree to choose another language.
- click on the speaker icon for audio.
- click on a sentence of a particular language to get information on the historical development of the individual words in this language.
- [square brackets] indicate a phonetic transcription, /slashes/ a phonemic transcription.
- an asterisk (*) is used to indicate that no surviving texts are known in a language, so that the language has been reconstructed on the basis of later stages.

‘Vanished Voices: The Indo-European Phrase Book App’ is part of the research project ‘Splitting the Mother Tongue’ (2014-2020, funded by NWO, project number 276-70-026) by Alwin Kloekhorst (Leiden University). The app integrates the Indo-Anatolian model, according to which the Anatolian branch was a sister language of Proto-Indo-European rather than a daughter language, both going back to an even earlier proto-language called Proto-Indo-Anatolian.

What’s New

Version 1.0.1

- Performance improvements and bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Luchinonino ,

Fantastic app!!

I only wish there was Armenian, Albanian, and maybe Tocharian B! I mean obviously it would be wonderful if every IE language was on here, because this is by far the most elegant layout I’ve ever seen of this. The fact that there is audio for every given proto language and proto-IE is amazing.

cac73hoya ,


This is such an amazing way to explore the connections between languages! Thank you!

DiggerOfHistory ,

Whole languages in place of a few sentences? Please.

It would be nice if this app was able to track a word in a given indo-European language back to it origins.

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