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NATARAJAN 445Points
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28daysago

445 IreadinmanyarticlesthatTamilistheoldestlanguage5000yearsoldandstillresearch
hasnotcometoend.AgoodportionofcurrentTamilNaduinIndiahasbeentakenoverby
thesea(ItiscalledKumariKandam)Indiahasnotdoneanygoodresearch.Forsome
reasonIndiahasnotgivenprioritytoTamilbutratherhappytoshowtheworldSanskrit
startedinIndia.TamilisofficialinothercountrieslikeSingapore,SriLanka,Malaysiaand
MyanmarbutnotinIndia!!!

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14hoursago toNATARAJAN

TamilisofficialinIndianstateTamilNadu,Indiaevenprovideseparatestatefor
Tamil,pleasdonotmadefalseallegationagainstINDIA,INDIASuchabigcountry
withmanylanguagespleaseeducateurselfaboutINDIA..

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Jose
J
2monthsago

Latingoesbackto600BCalsoLithuanianisnotonhere,itisthemostarchaicIndo
Europeanlanguageliving,andhasahistoryofaround4000bcduringthechalcolithic
period.Khoisanistheoldestlivinglanguagesincednaprovesweallhaveanancient
connectiontothem.theirlanguageisrichwithsoundsthatseemlikeprimitivemostlikely
homonid,huntingsignals,andanimalsounds.whatshitofanarticle

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EliyasLingdamu
EL
2monthsago

Lepchalanguagealso

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Jagat
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10daysago toEliyas

itis100%right

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SivaG
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2monthsago

I'mnotsatisfiedwiththeinformationontamillanguage.doesitoriginon300bc

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Jan
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2monthsago

ThecompilercitesChineseasoneoftheoldestlanguagesstillspokentoday.
InChinathereareatleasteightdifferentlinguisticgroupsinadditiontohundreds
ofdialectsandvariants.
Mandarinistheofficiallanguage,alsoknownasHan.ThenthereisYue(Cantonese),
Wu,Minbei,Minnan,Xiang,Gan,andtheHakkadialects.
Sowhenyousay'Chinese'whichareyoureferringto?Also...

Onanotherpoint,thelistdoesnotmentionthelanguagesspokenbyAustralian
Aborigines,whichaccordingtosomeestimatesoriginated40,000yearsago.
ThentherearethelanguagesspokenbythearborealpeoplesoftheAmazon,
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