Question by  JKustom (31)

What is the oldest language in the world?

I need to understand the oldest language in the world.


Answer by  Derbyboo (442)

Of the dead, ancient languages, Tamil is the oldest, followed by Sanskrit and Telugu. Tamil is one of 26 original Dravidian languages native to the Indian Subcontinent. All three languages are "dead" in that they are no longer spoken or written. Other ancient languages include Aramaic (also dead), Latin and Greek.

posted by Anonymous
I am not sure how you came to know the language mentioned are dead. I am one who speaks a dead language (Tamil :)). If is the official languge in Srilanka, India, Singapore and is spoken by 70m across the world.  add a comment

Answer by  Anonymous

Tamil is not dead it has at least 66 million native speakers and aramaic is not dead it has 2,200,000 speakers. Cornish has 2,000 speakers and sanskrit has 14,135 native speakers in Uttarakhand state in India. Telugu has 74 million native speakers. These languages are not dead! they're living languages!


Answer by  lorel (274)

Nobody knows what the oldest language in the world is. There was probably a continuum from animal grunts and other communication sounds to what we know as human language complete with grammar, standardized vocabulary, etc. If you mean "What is the oldest language still spoken today? " the answer is Aramaic.

Reply by notorious (249):
I agree. We cannot know the oldest language.  add a comment
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