Berlitz continues:

An unusual example of a word that sounds and means the same in a number of languages scattered throughout the Old and the New World is the word for ‘father’ – aht, tata, ata, with slight modifications. It is especially interesting in that this is not a natural sound comparable to the variants of ma, mama, mu, um, etc. for ‘mother’. One is led to wonder whether these recognizable variants of what is essentially the same word for ‘father’ represents an echo of one of the world’s first languages.

Quechua: taita Basque: aita
Dakotah: atey Hungarian: atya
Zuni: tatchu Tagalog: tatay
Seminole: tati Russian: aht-yets
Eskimo: atatak Ancient Egyption: aht
Nahuatl (Aztec) tatli Turkish & Turkic languages: ata
Central Mexican Indian
Dialects: tata
Old Gothic (variant): ata
Fujian: tata Latin (colloquial): tata
Samoan: tata Romanian: tata
  Slovak: tata
  Maltese: tata
  Sinhalses: tata
  Yiddish: tatale
  Cymric: tad

Although these comparisons are not conclusive proof of an Atlantean origin, it would appear that at some time in the dim and distant past mankind shared a single language, which became split into different dialects and ultimately altered over long periods of time following cataclysms when people found themselves living in isolated pockets away from the original collective of which they had once formed an integral part. Perhaps the biblical myth of the Tower of Babel is not so far-fetched after all. But then, surely, all myth must contain some element of truth.

From Atlantis – Myth or Reality by Murry Hope


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