What is the most ancient written language?

Chinese
Sumerian
Hebrew
Sanskrit
Sumerian was spoken in southern Mesopotamia from at least the 4th mil­len­ni­um BC, and was grad­u­al­ly replaced by Akkadian as a spoken language around 2000 BC, though it con­tin­ued to be used as a cer­e­mo­ni­al, literary and sci­en­tif­ic language until the 1st century AD. Even though it was for­got­ten later, it is today well un­der­stood thanks to the large amount of written sources left. Sci­en­tists know its grammar, vo­cab­u­lary, and even its dialects and pro­nun­ci­a­tion.

Answers distribution

Chinese
Sumerian
Hebrew
Sanskrit
answers
flagUkraine
3%
73%
6%
16%
30
flagSwitzerland
0%
73%
0%
26%
15
flagBelgium
8%
66%
0%
16%
12
flagPoland
3%
62%
14%
18%
9501
flagUnknown
3%
61%
21%
12%
509
flagSpain
4%
61%
4%
28%
21
flagFrance
5%
57%
10%
26%
19
flagRepublic of Ireland
5%
57%
21%
15%
19
flagCanada
0%
57%
14%
21%
14
flagthe United Kingdom
2%
56%
18%
22%
275
flagItaly
3%
55%
10%
31%
29
flagGermany
4%
52%
21%
21%
132
flagthe United States
4%
51%
15%
28%
201
flagthe Netherlands
4%
51%
16%
25%
43
flagRussia
13%
47%
17%
21%
23
flagNorway
10%
42%
28%
17%
28
flagSweden
4%
38%
4%
52%
21
flagCzech Republic
7%
35%
35%
21%
14
flagIndia
0%
32%
14%
53%
28
flagAustria
11%
29%
35%
23%
17

Gender

men64%
women53%
Chinese
5%
4%
Sumerian
64%
53%
Hebrew
14%
17%
Sanskrit
16%
24%

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Author: Song Sung-min
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