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
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flagSwitzerland
0%
72%
0%
27%
11
flagUkraine
4%
70%
8%
16%
24
flagBelgium
9%
63%
0%
18%
11
flagUnknown
3%
62%
20%
12%
453
flagPoland
3%
61%
15%
19%
8669
flagRepublic of Ireland
0%
61%
22%
16%
18
flagItaly
3%
59%
7%
29%
27
flagCanada
0%
58%
16%
16%
12
flagSpain
5%
57%
5%
31%
19
flagthe United Kingdom
2%
56%
18%
22%
258
flagFrance
5%
55%
11%
27%
18
flagRussia
15%
53%
15%
15%
13
flagthe United States
4%
52%
14%
28%
188
flagGermany
4%
52%
21%
21%
127
flagthe Netherlands
5%
47%
17%
26%
34
flagSweden
6%
46%
6%
40%
15
flagNorway
11%
42%
26%
19%
26
flagIndia
0%
34%
15%
50%
26
flagCzech Republic
8%
33%
33%
25%
12
flagAustria
12%
31%
31%
25%
16

Gender

men64%
women53%
Chinese
4%
4%
Sumerian
64%
53%
Hebrew
13%
17%
Sanskrit
16%
24%

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Author: Song Sung-min
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