The World’s Ancient Languages - Part 2

July 30th, 2016

Ancient tongue languages have rich cultures and histories from which they emerged as a means of communication.

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Tamil

Tamil is an indigenous language from India, and even though many scholars believe that this language originated circa 300 BCE, others firmly believe that the Tamil language originated at least 17 centuries prior to that time. Tamil is a living language and, with the exception of Mandarin, this language has more speakers than any other ancient tongue. In fact, more than 77 million people worldwide speak Tamil, even though many are now speaking new forms of this language -  which include words based on urban slang. Today, the Tamil language is enjoying official status in at least four territories and countries around Asia.

Sanskrit

Sanskrit is an ancient tongue, and today there are still two villages in India where this language is spoken as a regional language: these are Hosahalli and Mattur, two villages in Karnataka - two tiny villages in a southern state of this vast country where Sanskrit is still informally used. However, Sanskrit translation is still used today by Brahmins, who are Hindu scholars, and it’s also used by Vedic teachers. Rig Veda is the earliest written form of the Sanskrit language, penned circa 3000 BCE. Because Sanskrit is widely known as the Mother of All European Languages, there’s little chance this language will disappear over time.

Chinese

Linguistically speaking, the word Chinese refers to a language group of Sino-Tibetan origin.

Mandarin, also known as the standard form of Chinese, is spoken by almost 1.5 billion people and is the official language of China. Mandarin has by far the largest number of speakers of any ancient language, which makes it the most spoken language worldwide. Scholars have dated the origin of this language to circa 2000 BCE, but many people are adamant that this language is a minimum of 10,000 years old, which puts it at circa 8000 BCE, thus making it one of the oldest languages known to man.

Other Ancient Tongue Languages

Other languages that fall into the category of ancient tongue languages are Egyptian, Persian, Sumerian, Akkadian, and Armenian. These languages all have rich cultures and histories from which they emerged as a means of communication. It’s thought that communication itself originated in prehistoric times when it was only through a person’s sounds, actions, and pictures that they were able to convey their ideas. Pictures are believed to be the forerunners of written forms of language as they’re known today, while sounds are believed to be the precursors of spoken language.

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