Which is the oldest living language ?
January 23, 2016 2:15am CST
There are thousands of languages spoken presently -- though some are without the script -- across the globe. Undoubtedly, each language has got its own importance not only in its region but also in different parts of the world. Linguists differ in their opinion regarding this subject. Some scholars argue Tamil is the oldest language while others insist Sanskrit as the oldest language. Egyptian and Sumerian languages are also considered by few as the oldest languages. Hebrews, the language of Jewish people is also considered as the oldest language for the Old Testament Scriptures were written in the Hebrew language. This is one of the subjects which has diverse opinions based on the deep study -- with the archeological evidence and written scripts -- on the origin of languages. What's your opinion on this subject?
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24 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 It's not an impossible thing. Greman missionary Ziegenbalg translated the whole Bible into Tamil from Hebrew and Greek. Constanzo Beschi, an Italian priest was a classical writer of Tamil Literature. Perhaps, it's my mother tongue.
23 Jan 16
The Basque language is a good candidate, although it is only spoken today by about half a million people in Spain and France. An old hypothesis says that it could be derived from the language spoken by Cro-Magnon men, in this area between 40000 BC and 10000 BC. Several geneticists working on the origin of people have written more recently that the Basques and their language could have a Magdalenian origin, i.e. 16000 BC.
• Derry, Northern Ireland
24 Jan 16
Some research on the roots of modern Indo-European languages shows a very handy map of those languages, but not sure about the languages of the Australasian geographies: