Is Sanskrit or Tamil the oldest language in the world?
Is Sanskrit or tamil the worlds oldest language ?
Sir William Jones, speaking to the Asiatic Society in Calcutta (now Kolkata) on February 2, 1786, said:
The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms of grammar, than could possibly have been produced by accident; so strong, indeed, that no philoger could examine them all three, without believing them to have sprung from some common source which, perhaps, no longer exists.
The difficulty lies in the defintion. Which language was spoken first; Which was written first. Obviously it is easier to prove today a language which was written first...