Currently, there are about 6000 languages on the planet. There is a contentious debate about which of them is the progenitor, the first language of mankind. Scientists are still looking for real evidence regarding the oldest language.
Consider a number of fundamental and oldest existing writing and speech tools on Earth.
The first fragments of writing in Chinese date back 3000 years ago to the Zhou Dynasty. Over time, the Chinese language has evolved, and today, 1,2 billion people have a form of Chinese as their first language. It is the most popular language in the world in terms of the number of speakers.
The earliest Greek writing dates back to 1450 BC. Greek is predominantly used in Greece, Albania and Cyprus. Approximately 13 million people speak it. The language has a long and rich history and is one of the oldest European languages.
The language belongs to the Afroasian language group. The walls of Egyptian tombs are painted in the Ancient Egyptian language, which dates back to 2600-2000 BC. This language consists of drawings of birds, cats, snakes and even people. Today, Egyptian exists as the liturgical language of the Coptic Church (the original Christian church in Egypt, founded by St. Mark. Currently adherents of the Coptic Church in Egypt make up 5% of the population).
Researchers believe that Sanskrit, a language that had a huge impact on all Europeans, came from Tamil. Sanskrit is the classical language of India, dating back 3000 years ago. It is still considered the official language of the country, although its everyday use is very limited.
Belongs to the family of the Indo-European language group. According to the latest data, the language has existed since 450 BC.
Appeared approximately in 1000 BC. It is an ancient Semitic language and the official language of the State of Israel. For many years, Hebrew was the written language for sacred texts and was therefore called the “sacred language”.
Many scientists believe that the study of the origins of the appearance of the language is not advisable due to the lack of facts, evidence and confirmation. According to the theory, the need for verbal communication arose when a person began to form into groups for hunting.