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%
78%
0%
21%
14
flagUkraine
3%
73%
7%
15%
26
flagIndonesia
27%
63%
0%
9%
11
flagPoland
3%
61%
14%
18%
9094
flagUnknown
3%
61%
22%
12%
484
flagRepublic of Ireland
0%
61%
22%
16%
18
flagItaly
3%
59%
7%
29%
27
flagSpain
5%
57%
5%
31%
19
flagthe United Kingdom
2%
56%
18%
22%
268
flagFrance
5%
55%
11%
27%
18
flagCanada
0%
53%
15%
23%
13
flagGermany
4%
52%
21%
21%
130
flagthe United States
4%
50%
16%
27%
193
flagthe Netherlands
5%
48%
17%
25%
35
flagRussia
15%
47%
15%
21%
19
flagNorway
10%
42%
28%
17%
28
flagSweden
5%
38%
5%
50%
18
flagIndia
0%
34%
15%
50%
26
flagAustria
12%
31%
31%
25%
16
flagCzech Republic
7%
30%
38%
23%
13

Gender

men63%
women53%
Chinese
4%
4%
Sumerian
63%
53%
Hebrew
14%
17%
Sanskrit
17%
24%

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Author: Song Sung-min
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