The Core Words of Every Language
Well, this is a must-read, and it delves into areas fundamental to understanding the evolution of human speech and language.
The article talks about cognates, and the 200 words that form the basis of most languages, making up the vocabulary that is most common across a diverse group of languages. Then, they boiled it down to 23 words that are indisputably found in a number of languages that have related words that are not coincidental.
Now, what is a coincidence is that humans have 23 chromosomes. Makes you think.