Before the advent of civilizations and languages, people used to communicate through sign language or hand gestures. More recently, about 10,000 years ago, the concept of words emerged. Currently, almost 7,000 languages are used to communicate across the globe. As such, it has been difficult for researchers to find out precisely which language is the oldest of all. However, the written records of certain languages assist in that determination. In this regard, we have done research to determine the world’s most ancient languages. Here are a few of them:
According to the written records of Tamil, it is the world’s most ancient language. Tamil is over 5,000 years old and is currently the first language of almost 78 million people around the globe. Therefore, Tamil is one of the most extensively spoken surviving languages worldwide. Tamil is the national language of Singapore and Sri Lanka.
After Tamil, the next language which traces its roots back to the ancient ones is Sanskrit. It is the ancient language of India, and its written forms can be seen as far back as 2000 BC. Today, there are minimal numbers of people who speak Sanskrit. The written records of the language came from Rigveda which is rooted in the 2nd millennium BC. Moreover, Sanskrit is considered to be the “language of the Gods.” The modern language of the computer is even based upon the principles of Sanskrit.
Next in line is the Egyptian language which has traces that are 4,700 years old. The traces of the language can be seen on Egyptian tombs with autobiographical writings. Egyptian is the oldest language of the people living in Egypt. At present, Egyptian is also the liturgical language of the Coptic Church.
The advent of the Greek language dates back to around 1500 BC. Greek is known as the language of the philosophers as many prominent scholars and philosophers were followers of the Greek language. Today, over 13 million people across the globe speak Greek. Moreover, the language was recognized as an official one by the European Union.
5. Old Chinese
The first written records of Old Chinese were from 1250 BC. Chinese is over 3,000 years old and is currently the primary language of over 1.24 billion people. Chinese is the first language of people living in 37 countries of the world. The texts of the Old Chinese language are present on various artifacts. It took several decades for the language to reach completion. Moreover, today, the language is present in multiple forms. However, the most widely used dialects of the language are Mandarin and Cantonese.
The roots of Aramaic are 3,000 years old, and many words in Hebrew and Arabic language are based in Aramaic. Around half a million to a million people across the globe speak it as their first language. People in Israel, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria are followers of the Aramaic language. However, Aramaic is considered endangered because very few people use it as their first language as opposed to other languages. Moreover, Aramaic first language users are well past retirement age.
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