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Tamil is the very First and Oldest Language in the World

It is proved by lot of Scientist and also accepted by most of the scientists.
Before Aryans(Sanskrit) comes to India, Dravidian(Tamil) people living in Indai with high standard. Even Aryans don't have any specific language when they comes to India. They develop their language after comes to India only. There is lot of Tamil words in Sanskrit.

Ref:

ca. 200,000 to 50,000 BC: Evolution of "the Tamilian or Homo Dravida",
ca. 200,000 to 100,000 BC: Beginnings of the Tamil language
50,000 BC: Kumari Kand am civilization
20,000 BC: A lost Tamil culture of the Easter Island which had an advanced civilization
16,000 BC: Lemuria submerged
6087 BC: Second Tamil Sangam established by a Pandya king
3031 BC: A Chera prince in his wanderings in the Solomon Island saw wild sugarcane and started cultivation in Kumari Kand am.
1780 BC: The Third Tamil Sangam established by a Pandya king
7th century BC: Tolkappiyam (the earliest known extant Tamil grammar)
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What is the oldest written language?

Greek, Hebrew, Or Chinese. The modern versions of these languages is different from the ancient ones, especially Hebrew, since it had essentially become a dead language, with no country to call its own for a thousand years. Greek is somewhat different, undergoing many alphabet simplifications and changes. The logarithmic Chinese writing system underwent simplification, but traditional Chinese is still used by about 30 million people. It is Chinese(5000 years old).

What is the oldest language in the world?

Pre-Summary: We don't actually know. The below suggestions do have some value asspeculation about the oldest currently known language. However,they may not be correct. This is because the first languages were not written down. They were spoken-only languages, so there is no record of them andtherefore we will never know which was oldest. However, the oldest text (aka written language) ever found wasSumerian. We have evidence of Sumerian documents dating back 5,000years. By far, this is the oldest text ever discovered. But thatdoesn't mean Sumerian is the oldest language, there were certainlymore before it. _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ Suggestion 1 There are several contenders to the title of "Oldest Language". Itis next to impossible for historians to pinpoint exactly which isthe absolute oldest. The decision of which is the oldest is usuallyhighly opinionated. The contenders are: . Mandarin Chinese . Sumerian . Tamil . Hebrew . Lithuanian . Gothic . Sanskrit _______________________________________________ Suggestion 2: Sanskrit is the oldest language in the world, please see referencesbelow. Vedic Sanskrit is the oldest attestedlanguage of the Indo-Iranian language family. It is thelanguage of the Vedas, the oldest Shruti texts of Hinduism,compiled over the period of the mid 4th to mid 3rd millennium BCE.It can be said that Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, Hebrew and Tamil arethe oldest major languages which are still spoken today. Sanskrit was also suggested as the best language for use inComputational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence by NASA. Itis the only language in the world which is scientifically preciseas was discovered by the NASA scientist Rick Briggs as published inthe Artificial Intelligence Magazine Rick Briggs: "As we shall see, there was a language spoken among an ancientscientific community that has a deviation of zero. This language isSanskrit." _______________________________________________ Suggestion 3: Sanskrit. An Indo-Aryan Language system dating backto 15000 BCE (Before Common Era). One of 22 official languages ofIndia. _______________________________________________ Suggestion 4: Brahmi script is said to be the oldest language. It was found onthe ruined sites on clay tablets etc. Archaeologists believe it tobe the oldest language. There are claims that ancient historical facts of Old Tamil date back to around 7000 BC. Some consider Sumerian (a language that dates back to circa 5000 BC) to be an archaic form of Tamil . Tamil is also said to be the mother of Dravidian Tongues by many researchers. Modern Tamil, Malayalam , Kannada, Tulu are considered as originating from Ancient Tamil. The other remaining Dravidian language Telugu is considered to have originated from Kannada. Scientific basis: Archaeological discoveries have so far found that Tamil was in use since 1000 BC - 500 BC, with the discoveries of ruins in Adichanallur among other places. Tamil is usually regarded as the one that is least influenced by Sanskrit of all other languages in India & so this has led many scholars & researchers to hypothesize that Tamil & Sanskrit were contemporaries. However an underwater city has been found off the coast of Tamil nadu (South Eastern India) which was called as Poompuhar in Tamil literature, these findings were popularized by researcher Graham Hancock with his research work in circa 2002 (watch his very recent & important interview by following the link provided below in the Sources and related links section). Until then, Poompuhar was considered as myth & mocked at, similar to how Troy's existence was considered as myth until it was discovered & found to be true. Hancock estimates that the ruined underwater city might be at least 9,500 years old or closer to the last ice age (10,000 BC), when ice melted to raise the sea level, which would account for the disappearance of many other ancient port cities & civilizations around the world (like Dwaraka off Gujarat coast, Yonaguni ruins near Japan, new underwater ruins near Alexandra, Egypt, etc). But there has apparently not been much interest from Indian/Tamil nadu governments to research it more to discover the hidden past. There are references in Ramayana & Mahaharata to some of the Tamil kings and kingdoms/empires. Also trade contacts between ancient Tamil kingdoms & Greece, Egypt, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand have been found. Some researchers consider the Indonesian empire Sri Vijaya as part of Chola empire. Finally, we'll have to wait for some more time to let science tell us the truth.

What is the world's oldest language?

Sanskrit is the oldest language in the world, please see references below. Vedic Sanskrit is the oldest attested language of the Indo-Iranian language family. It is the language of the Vedas, the oldest Shruti texts of Hinduism, compiled over the period of the mid 4th to mid 3rd millennium BCE. It can be said that Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, Tamazight, Hebrew and Tamil are the oldest major languages which are still spoken today. Sanskrit was also suggested as the best language for use in Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence by NASA. It is the only language in the world which is scientifically precise as was discovered by the NASA scientist Rick Briggs as published in the Artificial Intelligence Magazine Rick Briggs: "As we shall see, there was a language spoken among an ancient scientific community that has a deviation of zero. This language is Sanskrit."

What is the oldest spoken language?

Answer: The following answers are incorrect. The oldest spoken language we can attempt to reconstruct is a theoretical language called Proto-Human or Proto-World. The answers below have some good suppositions, and a few good facts, but they don't go far enough back in the linguistic family tree. Answer: Sanskrit, like its relatives Latin and Ancient Greek, survives in ancient texts that can be taught and read but does not survive as a spoken language used in the normal course of living by an identifiable population. While the earliest spoken language used by humans was probably a very sophisticated system of grunts, that language does not survive in any form. The earliest written languages were Semitic languages. The oldest attested Semitic written language was Akkadian which was spoken and written in Mesopotamia as early as 3000 BC but does not survive as a spoken language today. Hebrew and Arabic are Semitic languages that are spoken today and may be among those that can lay claim to being among the oldest languages spoken today. However, as with all languages, they evolve with time. Modern Hebrew and modern Arabic, while stabilized by association with religious texts, probably differ notably from the forms spoken prior to the settling of those texts. Chinese may also have a claim to being among the oldest spoken languages. However, since all modern spoken languages are about equally sophisticated in terms of structure and capabilities, one could argue that they are all of about the same age, that all have evolved from other languages no longer spoken to the level that they are found today. .... Oldest spoke language has to be in Africa,since modern humans came from the,I would have thought this to be obvious Like its relatives, Latin and Ancient Greek, Sanskrit survives in ancient writing that can be taught and read but does not survive as a spoken language used today by any identifiable population. While the earliest spoken language used by humans was very likely a refined series of grunts, that language does not survuve in any way, shape, or form. The earliest written languages were the Semitic languages. The oldest confirmed Semitic language was Akkadian, which was spoken and written in Mesopotamia as early as 3000 BC, but does not survive as a spoken language today. Hebrew and Arabic , while stabilized by association with religious texts, probably differ with time.

What is the world's oldest written language?

It is generally considered that there were invented five independently-arisen languages. The oldest and perhaps most famous is Cuneiform, the writing of the ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq). The other four, typically considered less ancient but still original languages are Olmec, of the Olmec Indians of Mesoamerica (modern-day Mexico), the believed-ancestor of Chinese, the Jiahu symbols of the Peligang culture of modern-day Henan, China, Egyptian Hieroglyphs, and the writing of the ancient Mayans (modern-day Central America). Since records of the invention of languages are hard to come by, it may always remain a mystery as to the nature of the world's most ancient languages. Experts generally agree, however, that the first complete written language to emerge was Sumerian Cuneiform.

Worlds oldest language?

The oldest language is Tamil contrary to the popular belief that itis Sanskrit. Sankrit language is the mother of the Indo Aryan languages likeHindi and Punjabi but not to the indgenious Languages like Tamil,the mother of all other languages like Malayalm ,Telugu Kannadaetc. Many people will say that Sankskrit was used for writing religiousstuffs and etc.. but we all have to understand that the creators ofthe sanskrit are the Aryans who were intruders to the Indian soiland they mingled with the native dravidians ,who spoke the nativelanguage Tamil. Then after the Aryans fabricated Hinduism, Sanskrit became thebasic language in which all religious Hindu texts were written, thebirth of sanskrit is only during 1500bc after the arrival of theAryans. The birth of Tamil Language is unknown but one of the earliest textis even dating back 500bc, which clearly speaks for itself, Tamilis the OLDEST LANGUAGE

Which is the oldest language that is still spoken?

The oldest language is Tamil contrary to the popular belief that it is Sanskrit. Sanskrit is the mother of the Indo Aryan languages like Hindi and Punjabi but not to the indigenous Languages like Tamil, the mother of all other languages like Malayalm ,Telugu Kannada etc. Many people will say that Sanskrit was used for writing religious stuff etc. but we all have to understand that the creators of Sanskrit were the Aryans who were intruders on Indian soil and they mingled with the native Dravidians ,who spoke the native language Tamil. Then, after the Aryans fabricated Hinduism, Sanskrit became the basic language in which all religious Hindu texts were written; the birth of Sanskrit is only during 1500 BCE after the arrival of the Aryans. The birth of Tamil Language is unknown but one of the earliest texts is even dating back to 5000 BCE, which clearly speaks for itself. Tamil is the OLDEST LANGUAGE Answer to above: Not scientific. The account for the oldest written accounts, gives numerous middle east extinct variants the lead. The most ancient still spoken language is Greek, by first written account. It is possible that either Chinese or Greek were the first, but Greek has the first written texts, from what archaeology studies have unveiled. Tamil is the oldest language now in use that is spoken by more than 65,000,000 people. . please don't compare Tamil with sanskrit ... Tamil is classical language .. it can survive on its own ..so still alive... what happen to sanskrit.. no one speaks today.. .

What Is the oldest language you have?

Everyone wants their language to be the oldest, but the truth is, that written language doesn't go back very far in Human history, and without artifacts of writing, we can't tell what was going on with language, or how it evolved. We can only theorize. Answer: tamil is the oldest and living language now.Even her sisters greek, sanskrit and latin died earlier she sustained till 1 st century..!!

What is the oldest language in India?

Tamil Sanskrit The Linguistic mother of India is simply Tamil and Sanskrit . Sanskrit is just the mother of Indo Aryan languages , a langugaes created by the nomadic aryans around 1500bc, Tamil on the other hand is the language of the Indus Soil, it is regardless of North or South of India as it has its influence up till northern Pakistan, Brahui is one such example , Ancient Historical facts of Old Tamil dates back more than 7000bc , Sumerian a language that dates back 5000bc is said to be an archaic Tamil . Tamil is said to be the mother of Dravidian Tongues, Malayalam , Kannada, Tulu were languages which offshooted from Tamil, Telugu on the other hand ofshooted from Kannada. Sanskrit (Devanagari) and Dravida (Tamil) Tamil is the very First and Oldest Language in the World It is proved by lot of Scientist and also accepted by most of the scientists. Before Aryans(Sanskrit) comes to India, Dravidian(Tamil) people living in Indai with high standard. Even Aryans don't have any specific language when they comes to India. They develop their language after comes to India only. There is lot of Tamil words in Sanskrit. Ref: ca. 200,000 to 50,000 BC: Evolution of "the Tamilian or Homo Dravida", ca. 200,000 to 100,000 BC: Beginnings of the Tamil language 50,000 BC: Kumari Kand am civilization 20,000 BC: A lost Tamil culture of the Easter Island which had an advanced civilization 16,000 BC: Lemuria submerged 6087 BC: Second Tamil Sangam established by a Pandya king 3031 BC: A Chera prince in his wanderings in the Solomon Island saw wild sugarcane and started cultivation in Kumari Kand am. 1780 BC: The Third Tamil Sangam established by a Pandya king 7th century BC: Tolkappiyam (the earliest known extant Tamil grammar) tamil There are two languages which are the assumed oldest languages of India. One is the holy Sanskrit and another is the great Tamil. According to Hinduism, God Shiva, the Destroyer had sent two saints to Earth- one was Sage Veda Vyasa ( who wrote Mahabharata) and the other was Sage Agastya. Both were saints of fame and honor. Before, both the saints had died, the people living on Earth had requested them to give a gift to mankind. So, Vyasa introduced Sanskrit and Agastya introduced Tamil. Scientifically, Tamil can be said the oldest language of India, as inscriptions are found not only in India but also in other countries like Rome and South-East Asia. Ancient Sanskrit. Like Aramaic it is a dying language, with speakers only in the hundreds or thousands. Sanskrit is the oldest language in the world, according to scriptures, which are thousands of years old (the oldest scriptures on Earth) Vedas etc. Prakrit

What is the oldest language in Europe?

ANSWER: The oldest language in Europe still talked today is Welsh. Plus they have the oldest flag in the world The Red Dragon of Wales (second oldest is Denmark's). Some say the Romans brought the Red Dragon there. The answer shown above contains the phrase "still talked today". If the question concerns writing, then the answer is definitely Welsh. Welsh is certainly ONE OF the oldest living languages in Europe. The language became distinct from its predecessor (Brythonic Celtic), and nearest siblings (particularly Cornish) around 550 AD. The oldest documents written in a still-in-use European language are the Welsh poems in Y Cynfeirdd attributed to Taliesin, which date from exactly that period (some are in Welsh, some are in its Celtic precursor). But the last phase of Albanian development from proto-Albanian is thought to have been complete by 500 AD. However, the oldest known written Albanian dates only from 1462. Even the oldest known written reference ABOUT Albanian only goes back to a court record dated 1285, and it's not itself IN Albanian. Spoken Albanian is currently considered to be slightly older than Welsh. Written Albanian probably didn't exist until 1200, many centuries after those first Welsh poems. Albanian is an official language in several Balkan countries. The Basques sometimes claim this title. Their language is certainly the last of a family that is older than Indo-European family. But that doesn't prove that today's Basque is the same as a postulated language that may have been spoken by Basques before 500 AD. There just isn't any proof (either way): no documents in or about it, no similar or derived languages for comparison, too much word borrowing to evaluate from single occasionally discovered cognates.

Which is the oldest language in Europe?

Everyone wants their language to be the oldest, but the truth is, that written language doesn't go back very far in Human history, and without artifacts of writing, we can't tell what was going on with language, or how it evolved. We can only theorize.

What is the the oldest spoken language in the world?

Unfortunately, there is no way to tell, because languages are in a state of continual evolution. Many people want their language to be considered the oldest, and you will frequently get these answers: Mandarin, Hindi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Hebrew, Arabic, Latin, Hungarian, etc. But the truth is, no one knows.

Is the albanian language the oldest language?

The oldest language is Tamil contrary to the popular belief that it is Sanskrit. Sankrit language is the mother of the Indo Aryan languages like Hindi and Punjabi but not to the indgenious Languages like Tamil, the mother of all other languages like Malayalm ,Telugu Kannada etc. Many people will say that Sankskrit was used for writing religious stuffs and etc.. but we all have to understand that the creators of the sanskrit are the Aryans who were intruders to the Indian soil and they mingled with the native dravidians ,who spoke the native language Tamil. Then after the Aryans fabricated Hinduism, Sanskrit became the basic language in which all religious Hindu texts were written, the birth of sanskrit is only during 1500bc after the arrival of the Aryans. The birth of Tamil Language is unknown but one of the earliest text is even dating back 5000bc, which clearly speaks for itself, Tamil is the OLDEST LANGUAGE . Tamil is the very First and Oldest Language in the World It is proved by lot of Scientist and also accepted by most of the scientists. Before Aryans(Sanskrit) comes to India, Dravidian(Tamil) people living in Indai with high standard. Even Aryans don't have any specific language when they comes to India. They develop their language after comes to India only. There is lot of Tamil words in Sanskrit. Ref: ca. 200,000 to 50,000 BC: Evolution of "the Tamilian or Homo Dravida", ca. 200,000 to 100,000 BC: Beginnings of the Tamil language 50,000 BC: Kumari Kand am civilization 20,000 BC: A lost Tamil culture of the Easter Island which had an advanced civilization 16,000 BC: Lemuria submerged 6087 BC: Second Tamil Sangam established by a Pandya king 3031 BC: A Chera prince in his wanderings in the Solomon Island saw wild sugarcane and started cultivation in Kumari Kand am. 1780 BC: The Third Tamil Sangam established by a Pandya king 7th century BC: Tolkappiyam (the earliest known extant Tamil grammar)

What is the oldest language ever spoken?

Everyone wants their language to be the oldest, but the truth is, that written language doesn't go back very far in Human history, and without artifacts of writing, we can't tell what was going on with language, or how it evolved. We can only theorize. Answer: Lithuania i know it is because i am lithuanian!!:)

What is the oldest programming language?

Plankalkül (Plan Calculus), created by Konrad Zuse for the Z3 computer in Nazi Germany, may have been the first programming language (other than assemblers). This was a surprisingly advanced programming language, with many features that didn't appear again until the 1980s. The first high-level programming language that we know of is the IBM Mathematical For mula Tran slating System, or Fortran for short.

Which is the oldest indo-european language?

Lithuanian Answer: The previous answer is completely wrong. There is know way to know what oldest indo-European language is, because spoken language has existed for hundreds of thousands of years, possibly even up to 1 million years, whereas written language has only been shown to exist for about 5,000 years.

Is Chinese one of the oldest language?

Chinese is not one of the oldest languages. It is old, butlanguages such as Sanskrit and Tamil are considered the oldest.

Which are the 3 oldest languages of the world?

there has been a very wide spread language in west Asia and east Europe known as Indo Iranian European languages. in east Asia and south east Asia also there was a great empire in which many languages were commonly spoken there. but the best well known language seems to be Altaic. in Europe Latin was really common. You need to find more information about African languages, and American ones.

What are the 10 oldest languages on Earth?

first i would like to define a language.language is not just a spoken form.first thing it must have a written account a perfect grammar a spoken form.in this case there are just few languages which can be claimed as oldest language 1)sanskrit(this language is so old that it's antiquity can never be traced but according to historical evidence this atleast dates back to 30000 years because of the discovery of city of dwaraka which has been ,mentioned in the vedas composed of vedic sanskrit) 2)tamil(this may be a surprise for people as many consider it to be just 2300 years old but this extremely wrong kumari kandam or lemuria has been described in ancient tamil scriptures,silappathikaram takes place in lemuria or kumari kandam) 3)sumerian(2900 bce) 4)egyptian(2500-2700 bce) 5)akkadian(2400 bce) 6)eblaite(2300-2400 bce) 7)hurrian(2000-2100 bce) 8)hittite(1650 bce) 9)luwian(1500 bce) 10)hattic(1400-1500 bce) along with this i give some bonus prakrit,chinese,greek,ugaritic and another mysterious language "indus script" this was used by the indus valley civilisation people dated to 3000 bce but i have not included this language in the list because it's script has not been deciphered.

What is the oldest word in the English language?

"I","Two" and 'Town' are the oldest English word in English diconary and that's a pure fact.

Tamil is the oldest language is it right?

Well, it is a matter of debate still. There is more research work to be done to ascertain if this may perhaps be true. However there are some strong indications to suggest this, as explained below. Scientific basis: Archaeological discoveries have so far found that Tamil was in use since 1000 BC - 500 BC, with the discoveries of ruins in Adichanallur among other places. Tamil is usually regarded as the one that is least influenced by Sanskrit or all other languages in India. So this has led many scholars and researchers to hypothesize that Tamil and Sanskrit were contemporaries. However an underwater city has been found off the coast of Tamilnadu (South Eastern India) which was called as Poompuhar in Tamil literature, these findings were popularized by researcher Graham Hancock with his research work in circa 2002 (watch his very recent & important interview by following the link provided below in the Sources and related links section). Until then, Poompuhar was considered as myth & mocked at, similar to how Troy's existence was considered as myth until it was discovered & found to be true. Hancock estimates that the ruined underwater city might be at least 9,500 years old or closer to the last ice age (10,000 BC), when ice melted to raise the sea level, which would account for the disappearance of many other ancient port cities & civilizations around the world (like Dwaraka off Gujarat coast, Yonaguni ruins near Japan, new underwater ruins near Alexandra, Egypt, etc). But there has apparently not been much interest from Indian/Tamil nadu governments to research it more to discover the hidden past. There are references in Ramayana & Mahabharata to some of the Tamil kings and kingdoms/empires. Also trade contacts between ancient Tamil kingdoms & Greece, Egypt, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand have been found. Some researchers consider the Indonesian empire Sri Vijaya as part of Chola empire. We'll have to wait for some more time to let science tell us the truth.

What is Indias language?

Indians speak a lot of languages. There are 22 official languages spoken in India. But there are 415 living languages for India. Hindi is the most spoken language. Sanskrit and Tamil are the eldest languages out of which sanskrit is diminishing. Tamil is also spoken by significant minorities in Malaysia, Mauritius and Réunion as well as emigrant communities around the world. Tamil literature has existed for over two thousand years. Scholars categorise the attested history of the language into three periods, Old Tamil (300 BC - 700 CE), Middle Tamil (700-1600) and Modern Tamil (1600-present). The exact period when the name "Tamil" came to be applied to the language is unclear, as is the precise etymology of the name. The earliest attested use of the name is in a text that is perhaps as early as the 1st century BCE. Tamil is the first language of the majority in Tamil Nadu, India and Northern Province, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka. The language is spoken by small groups of minorities in other parts of these two countries such as Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra in case of India and Colombo, the hill country, in case of Sri Lanka. There are currently sizable Tamil-speaking populations descended from colonial-era migrants in Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius, Réunion, South Africa, Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, and Vietnam. Many in Guyana, Fiji, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago have Tamil origins, but only a small number speak the language. Groups of more recent migrants from Sri Lanka and India exist in Canada (especially Toronto), USA, Australia, many Middle Eastern countries, and most of the western European countries. Hindi evolved from Prakrit. Though there is no consensus for a specific time, Hindi originated as local dialects such as Braj, Awadhi, and finally Khari Boli after the turn of tenth century (these local dialects are still spoken, each by large populations). In the span of nearly a thousand years of Muslim rule (the Delhi Sultanate and the Mughal Empire) using Persian as their official language, Khari Boli adopted many Persian and Arabic words. As for the ultimately Arabic words, since almost every one of them came via Persian, their form in Hindi-Urdu does not preserve the original phonology of Arabic.

Is Telugu oldest language or kannada language?

KANNADA Yes Its Kannada... Don't believe whoever says what? Its very simple logic. Kannada & Telugu script were derived from Kadamba script, which has more resemblance to Kannada than Telugu. So, Kannada script should be older.

Which is the oldest speaking language in the world?

Hebrew is probably the oldest language in the world that is still used now.. Other very old languages in our world are:. Sumerian . Akkadian . Chinese . Egyptian . Phrygian . Sanskrit . Phoenician . Latin . Arabic . Greek . and so on.

The oldest word in the english language?

Modern English is made up of words with origins in Latin, Greek, Old English (Germanic), French, Dutch, modern German and many other sources. The oldest surviving elements in modern English are probably the pre-Roman Celtic British words and place-names, belonging to the Brythonic language. Since there is more than one such word, no individual word can be selected as the "oldest". Examples are Avon, Dover, Britain, Kent, Severn, Thanet, Thames, York, tor, combe. However, the fact is that almost every word in English can be traced back to the Sanskrit language and beyond, since all the languages I mentioned above are Indo-European languages derived from extremely ancient languages in northern India; in that sense all English words have the same age, no matter by what route they came down through history.

What is the oldest living language in the world?

Here's the problem with that question: since languages change with use, it's hard to say when something becomes a new language. English has been spoken for many centuries, but the English of just six hundred years ago would be almost unintelligible to a modern person. Hebrew was spoken thousands of years ago, but it's largely a resurrected language. Arabic and Icelandic have changed little over the centuries (a modern Icelander or Arab could read ancient texts in his language); Latin is still spoken, but as a scholarly language, not a national tongue. Modern Greek is Ancient Greek's direct descendent, but the sounds have changed. We might look at the most Undisturbed Peoples, such as the Acoma , the Khoisan or the Aranda and see what languages they speak, but since these left no written language, we can't compare the old with the new. Ultimately, we can only speak of linguistic durability in relative terms, as for example we can say that Lithuanian is closest to the ancestoral tongue of the Indo-Europeans or that Basque may be a survival of some "Nostratic" tongue.

Which is the oldest European language?

There is know way to know what language is oldest European language, because spoken language has existed for hundreds of thousands of years, possibly even up to 1 million years, while written examples of language only go back 5,000 years.

Is Sanskrit the oldest language?

Sanskrit, while being one of the oldest known languages (which has not been spoken for a couple thousand years), is not the oldest language. Vedic Sanskrit, the oldest form of the language, is generally believed to have descended fro Proto-Indo-European. There are two other parent lines of today's (and past) languages. These, with Proto-Indo-European, are Proto-Uralic (roots in the Ural Mountain region to Scandanavia) and Proto-Dravidian (southernmost region of India and a small region of modern day Pakistan).

Is albanian the oldest language?

If you are talking about the oldest, continously spoken language, no one knows. The main problem is that language is in a continuous state of evolution, so it's not possible to determine exactly when a language becomes a new language. Furthermore, virtually all spoken languages pre-date written language, so we have no records.

What is India's oldest language?

Tamil is the very First and Oldest Language in the World It is proved by lot of Scientist and also accepted by most of the scientists. Before Aryans(Sanskrit) comes to India, Dravidian(Tamil) people living in Indai with high standard. Even Aryans don't have any specific language when they comes to India. They develop their language after comes to India only. There is lot of Tamil words in Sanskrit. Ref: ca. 200,000 to 50,000 BC: Evolution of "the Tamilian or Homo Dravida", ca. 200,000 to 100,000 BC: Beginnings of the Tamil language 50,000 BC: Kumari Kand am civilization 20,000 BC: A lost Tamil culture of the Easter Island which had an advanced civilization 16,000 BC: Lemuria submerged 6087 BC: Second Tamil Sangam established by a Pandya king 3031 BC: A Chera prince in his wanderings in the Solomon Island saw wild sugarcane and started cultivation in Kumari Kand am. 1780 BC: The Third Tamil Sangam established by a Pandya king 7th century BC: Tolkappiyam (the earliest known extant Tamil grammar)

What is the oldest language Hebrew or Tamil?

Research suggests that Proto-Dravidian, the forerunner of Tamil,was spoken around the third millennium BCE. Hebrew is estimated bysome to be least 1000 years older than that. Some scholars believe Hebrew evolved from a Canaanite dialect latein the tenth century BCE, long after Proto-Dravidian. Others date it back to more than 12,000 years, long before theHebrew tribe became monotheistic. Jewish tradition states that Hebrew was the language with which Godcreated the world (Rashi commentary, Genesis 2:23, quoting themidrash). Thus, certain Hebrew Psalms (92 and 139) and teachingsare attributed to Adam, the first man.

What is the oldest Asian language?

\n. \n. It may be either Telugu or tamil .Both have pre Aryan and Pre sansckrit roots.Reaserch is going on. \n. \n. Thnaks

Which is the the world's second oldest language?

We don't know. Simply because the first languages were never written down and were spoken-only languages, before mankind discovered the ability to write.. The oldest written text discovered so far dates back 5,000 years, and is written in Sumerian. The language of Ancient Sumer.. The second oldest (we think) is Sanskrit.. However, they may not be factually correct because, as stated above, not all languages were written down..

What is the oldest dead language?

probably bo. Aka bo was spoken until 2010 by Boa sr. it is 65,000 years old

What is the oldest continuously written language?

The oldest continuously written language is either Chinese or Greek, both being about 3500 years old. -- Chinese writing has been traced back to ~1200 BC. Greek writing to ~1425 BC. The oldest writing system however is the cuneiform script which emerged in the Sumerian civilization around ~3200 BC.

How old is the oldest language in the world?

Sanskrit is the ancient language associated with India. It is considered to be the oldest language in the world, being at least 6,000 years old, and probably much older. Sanskrit is considered to be the language of the Gods, as it is made up of the primordial sounds, and is developed systematically to include the natural progressions of sounds as created in the human mouth. Henry David Thoreau once developed what he thought would be the perfect alphabet, and ended up creating something remarkably similar to Sanskrit. NASA and others have been looking at Sanskrit as a possible computer language since its syntax is perfect and leaves little room for error. Joseph Campbell, the late, great mythologist refered to Sanskrit as, "The great spiritual language of the world." The letters above are the vowels in Sanskrit. In total the language has 49 letters (shown at left) including vowels, consonants, semivowels, etc. and each letter has a particular vibration. Each consonant has included the vowel sound 'a' (pronounced as uh), and when the nasal sound of 'm' is added to any of the letters, it creates a bija or seed mantra which corresponds to a specific vibration of the absolute. Thus if you were to do the same with the English alphabet, you would have something like ' am bam cam dam em fam gam, etc. where the 'a' is pronounced like uh -uhm buhm cuhm duhm... The emphasis is on the resonance of the 'm' sound, which produces a resonance throughout the body as it is chanted, thus opening up various channels in the body, and creating a very open, relaxed consciousness. Because each sound corresponds to a particular aspect of the Absolute, or creation, the written alphabet is referred to as devanagari, literally the cities of the gods. Each letter is a sound which is like a particular god who manifests as that sound, for the entire creation is made up of language. Everything that we relate to we relate to in language. This is a computer, this is the sky, this is up, this is good. It is all language. It is language that creates the concepts within which we live. Sanskrit is also the language of mantra, word formulas that were discovered by the ancient sages of India as being a particular combination of sound vibrations that, when chanted or meditated upon, had a specific result on the mind, psyche, or even the natural realm. Oldest language in the world? . Sanskrit is the oldest language in the world, and mother of all Indo-European languages. Rishis discovered Sanskrit and used it to create the mantras that were made up of a combination of sound vibrations to create specific effect on the mind and the psyche, when recited. It is the language of the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata, Ramayana and the Puranas. Sanskrit literature is the richest literature in the history of mankind. The Sanskrit alphabet is called 'devanagari' and literally means 'cities of the gods'. Until 1100 AD Sanskrit was without interruption the official language of the whole of India. The dominance of Sanskrit is indicated by the wealth of literature composed in the language covering every subject under the Sun. On every subject a masterpiece treatise can be found in the Sanskrit literature. The range expands from Philosophy, Religion, Science, Fine Arts, Sex, Music, Astrology, Palmistry, Astronomy, Chemistry, Mathematics, Martial Arts, and Diplomacy, just to list the few. The word Sanskrit literally means 'Perfected Language' or 'Language brought to formal perfection'. This is quite an appropriate name to describe Sanskrit, but unfortunately our convent educated secularists did not reconcile to it, till NASA declared it to be 'the only unambiguous language on the planet'. Sanskrit is a scientific and systematic language. Its grammar is perfect and has attracted scholars worldwide except regrettably in India. Well-known linguists and computer-scientists have also expressed the opinion that Sanskrit is the best language for use with computers. Development of Grammar - Panini's Ashtadhyayi Panini's Sanskrit grammar, produced in about 300 BC is the shortest and the fullest grammar in the world for its precision of statement, and for its thorough analysis of the roots of the language and of the formative principles of words. By employing an algebraic terminology it attains a sharp succinctness unrivalled in brevity. It arranges, in logical harmony, the whole phenomena, which the Sanskrit language presents. It is one of the most splendid achievements of human invention in the science of Linguistics. Panini's masterpiece Ashtadhyayi (Eight Chapters) stands out as the first scientific analysis of any alphabet. The work is the more remarkable since the author did not write it down. He worked it all out of his head. Panini's disciples committed the work to memory and in turn passed it on to their disciples. Though the Astadhayayi has long since been committed to writing, rote memorization of the work, with several of the more important commentaries, is still the approved method of studying grammar in India today. Ashtadhyayi comprises of four thousand sutras or aphoristic rules. Prior grammatical analysis is clearly evidenced by the fact that Panini himself mentions over sixty predecessors in the field. For example, the sounds represented by the letters of the alphabet had been properly arranged, vowels and diphthongs separated from mutes, semivowels, and sibilants, and the sounds had been grouped into gutturals, palatals, cerebrals, dentals, and labials. Subsequent grammarians, especially Katyayana and Patanjali, carried the work much further, and by the middle of the second century BC Sanskrit had attained a stereotyped form, which remained unaltered for centuries. The Hindu grammar taught Europeans to analyze speech forms. Ancient Indian work on grammar was objective, systematic, and brilliant than that done in Greece or Rome. Chand K Sharma. 3 hours ago . - 4 days left to answer. Additional Details . NASA declared Sanskrit to be " the only unambiguous language on the planet " Adding on to the above article ... The Sanskrit alphabet is called "devanagari" and literally means "cities of the gods". Rishis discovered Sanskrit and used it to create the mantras. These mantras were made up of a combination of sound vibrations, which when recited had a specific effect on the mind and the psyche. In the times of the Rishis,the main aim was to attain the truth, and Sanskrit - the perfect tool was found to be the best medium. Due to its specificity and purity, this seemed the best language with which to understand God's creation and as such is called "the great spiritual anguage of the world" (Joseph Campbell). Sanskrit is the common language of the Hindu Scriptures. It is the oldest language in the world. It is the language of the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata , Ramayana and the Puranas. Sanskrit literature is easily the richest. 3 hours ago. Sanskrit is the oldest language in the world, please see references below. Vedic Sanskrit is the oldest attested language of the Indo-Iranian language family. It is the language of the Vedas, the oldest Shruti texts of Hinduism, compiled over the period of the mid 4th to mid 3rd millennium BCE. It can be said that Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, Tamazight, Hebrew and Tamil are the oldest major languages which are still spoken today. Sanskrit was also suggested as the best language for use in Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence by NASA. It is the only language in the world which is scientifically precise as was discovered by the NASA scientist Rick Briggs as published in the Artificial Intelligence Magazine Rick Briggs: "As we shall see, there was a language spoken among an ancient scientific community that has a deviation of zero. This language is Sanskrit.".

Which is the oldest rocks in India?

Earlier it was thought that the oldest rock of India belonged to sinngbhum craton (around 3700 my old). But as of now the oldest dated rock from India is TTG rocks from Bastar craton (roughly 3.8 by old).)

What is the oldest language to be spoken in Europe?

Read the following answers with caution. Everyone wants their language to be the oldest, but the truth is, that written language doesn't go back very far in Human history, and without artifacts of writing, we can't tell what was going on with language, or how it evolved. We can only theorize. It is not possible to determine the oldest language of Europe or of any other area. Answer: Basque Answer: the oldest language spoken in Europe is Lithuanian Answer: Actually the oldest language still spoke in Europe is Basque. While you can hardly find written proof of this, the language is not descended from any of the indo-european invaders which clearly shows that it was spoken in Europe before any modern day language arrived. Answer: The oldest language spoken in Europe today is probably Greek. Alexander the Great standardized Greek and based it on the Ionian language. A person of that era could read the Greek used today. Answer: A lot of studies have said Albanian is the oldest living language also.

What are the 20 oldest languages on earth?

Tamil is the oldest language which is still in use.....Many peoplethink it is Sanskrit but sadly its not...The first Tamil Sangam orfirst Tamil convention happened in 10800 BC in Madurai. WhereasSanskrit can also be dated back to the same time period it isbarely in existence now.

Which is the the world's oldest language?

The Khoisan click languages in Namibia are the world's oldest languages. They date from 100,000 BC & The japanese click languages in japan are the world's 2nt Oldiest language. they dada from 100,000,000 BC in japan.

What is the oldest language and what its origin?

It might be Aramaic, but as to were it came from... A Semitic language originally of the ancient Arameans but still spoken by other people in southwestern Asia. An alphabetical (or perhaps syllabic) script used since the 9th century BC to write the Aramaic language; many other scripts were subsequently derived from it. Of or relating to the ancient Aramaic languages.

What is the oldest dynasty in India?

chalukyasI Improvement.The oldest known dynasty in India is the Chalukyas. There were different forms of the dynasty for the various regions. For example there were the Badami's ruling from Vatapi, The Eastern Chalukyas , Vengi, Kalyana.

Is the polish language the oldest language?

Actually, what is thought to be the oldest language in humans is Sumerian, spoken in Southern Mesopotamia from about 3500 B.C. to about 2900 B.C. Polish, in fact, was only being started spoken around 1250 A.D. so fairly recently.

What is the oldest form of the English language?

It's called Anglo-Saxon, and is the language of the epic Beowulf.However, the ancestors of English were around long before anythingwas written down in them, so we really don't know the oldest"English." Effectively, one can say that all members of the greatIndo-European Family are equally "old."

Is it Malayalam is oldest language in the world?

No malayam is not the oldest language as per malayalam literature it has history spanning for 1000 years only but in india Sanskrit & Tamil are the oldest languages which has literature history spanning for more than 2000 years..... Greek and Latin are the oldest languages in the world......

What is the oldest Native American language?

Your question supposes that all native languages have always remained the same as they are today or were at first contact with Europeans, which is far from correct. Languages evolve over time and it can be shown that the historic languages of native Americans developed from a much smaller number of prehistoric languages such as proto-Algonquian, proto-Siouan, proto-Athapaskan and so on. This points to all modern and historic Algonguian languages (for example) such as Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Maliseet, Powhatan, Mahican, Delaware, Ojibwe and Cree evolving from a single parent language used many thousands of years ago, before anyone was around who could witness and record it. The same for all Siouan and Athapaskan languages. One controversial theory says that all native American languages evolved from a single, even older, parent language used in north-east Asia and attempts have been made to show correlations between many of the different historic language groups. One obvious one is the prefix ni- or n- for "I" or "me" which is found in many parts of the Americas. Since we are talking about a time before written history when no native Americans were writing anything about their languages - and a time before the historic tribal groups had developed and before their languages as we recognise them had evolved - we can only speculate, guess and theorise about the prehistoric origins of native American languages.

What are the 10 oldest living languages?

This is a difficult question, as most living languages today have developed out of other languages, making them extremely old. There are newer languages, but most of the major languages spoken today are very old. Read more here: http://www.reddit.com/r/askscience/comments/1g2b90/to_the_best_of_our_knowledge_what_is_the_oldest/

Which is the oldest indian language?

If you mean native American language, it is impossible for anyone today to find the answer. The native languages that we know today in the Americas evolved very slowly over many tens of thousands (even hundreds of thousands) of years from very ancient prehistoric languages spoken in north-east Asia and during the migrations of native people from Asia into the Americas. These prehistoric languages are not known, but they evolved into the ancestor languages of every language spoken by native Americans. There were probably many waves of migrations represented today by the major language families: Je-Tupi-Carib, Proto-Athapaskan, Proto-Algonkian, Proto-Siouan, Proto-Uto-Aztecan, Macro-Tucanoan, Maya-Chipaya-Yunga and many more. We can never know which of these is the oldest, but we can say with some certainty which are the newest, since these languages only developed in fairly recent times after tribes split and evolved different languages (such as Crow, a Siouan language that evolved from Hidatsa).

What is the oldest surviving language in the world?

Tamil is a Dravidian language spoken predominantly by Tamil peopleof South India and North-east Sri Lanka. It is considered theoldest surviving language and is thought to date back to the firstcentury BC. Written inscriptions of Tamil have been to be around 5th CenturyBC.

Which is the oldest language still spoken?

Since any language is continually changing, there really is nodefinitive answer to this question. However, it could be arguedthat Hebrew, Aramaic, Sanskrit, and Basque are contenders for thistitle.