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
4%
76%
9%
9%
21
flagBelgium
10%
70%
0%
10%
10
flagSwitzerland
0%
70%
0%
30%
10
flagPoland
3%
61%
14%
20%
6852
flagRepublic of Ireland
0%
61%
22%
16%
18
flagRussia
20%
60%
10%
10%
10
flagIndonesia
30%
60%
0%
10%
10
flagUnknown
5%
59%
21%
13%
37
flagthe United Kingdom
2%
57%
16%
23%
232
flagFrance
6%
56%
12%
25%
16
flagSpain
5%
55%
5%
33%
18
flagItaly
4%
54%
4%
36%
22
flagGermany
4%
52%
22%
20%
110
flagthe United States
4%
51%
14%
29%
180
flagCanada
0%
50%
20%
20%
10
flagthe Netherlands
7%
46%
10%
32%
28
flagNorway
12%
44%
24%
20%
25
flagIndia
0%
36%
16%
48%
25
flagCzech Republic
8%
33%
33%
25%
12
flagAustria
12%
31%
31%
25%
16

Gender

men65%
women53%
Chinese
4%
4%
Sumerian
65%
53%
Hebrew
11%
16%
Sanskrit
18%
25%

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Author: Song Sung-min
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