What’s the Oldest Language in the World?

8 min readApr 14, 2020

We will never know. Or —

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi once praised Tamil as the oldest language in the world, a sentiment shared by a number of bloggers and sites.

Here’s the problem in a nutshell, or at least, according to my far-from-expertise self and the issues I’ve run into (there are probably more, but the point here is to hopefully resonate and bounce ideas off of people who are similarly intrigued but are unable to study this full-time):

  1. Spoken language existed long before written languages…