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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flagUkraine
4%
72%
9%
13%
22
flagSwitzerland
0%
72%
0%
27%
11
flagPoland
3%
61%
15%
19%
7691
flagRepublic of Ireland
0%
61%
22%
16%
18
flagUnknown
4%
60%
23%
11%
279
flagIndonesia
30%
60%
0%
10%
10
flagItaly
4%
58%
4%
33%
24
flagthe United Kingdom
2%
57%
17%
23%
245
flagSpain
5%
55%
5%
33%
18
flagCanada
0%
54%
18%
18%
11
flagRussia
15%
53%
15%
15%
13
flagGermany
4%
52%
22%
21%
113
flagFrance
5%
52%
11%
29%
17
flagthe United States
4%
51%
15%
28%
186
flagthe Netherlands
6%
43%
16%
30%
30
flagNorway
11%
42%
26%
19%
26
flagSweden
9%
36%
9%
45%
11
flagIndia
0%
34%
15%
50%
26
flagCzech Republic
8%
33%
33%
25%
12
flagAustria
12%
31%
31%
25%
16

Gender

men63%
women53%
Chinese
5%
4%
Sumerian
63%
53%
Hebrew
13%
17%
Sanskrit
17%
24%

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Author: Song Sung-min
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