• Language families:
  • Altaic
  • Chukchi-Kamchatkan
  • Dravidian
  • Inuit-Yupik
  • Indo-European
  • Kartvelian
  • Uralic

All 23 “ultraconserved words”

Listed by the number of language families in which they have cognates. Click here to learn more about this research.

7 - thou
6 - I
5 - not, that, we, to give, who
4 - this, what, man/male, ye, old, mother, to hear, hand, fire ,to pull, black, to flow, bark, ashes, to spit, worm

SOURCE: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.