Which is the Oldest Indian Language? Sanskrit Vs Tamil

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Since: Jul 08

New Delhi, India

#1 Jul 24, 2008
Hi

There is hot debate between north India and south (especially in Tamil Nadu) regarding the oldest language?

Many claims that Tamil is the oldest where mythic stories (let's assume if its true) suggest Sanskrit is the oldest!

My Question is there any scientific proof exist?
eric

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#2 Jul 24, 2008
keanu13 wrote:
Hi
There is hot debate between north India and south (especially in Tamil Nadu) regarding the oldest language?
Many claims that Tamil is the oldest where mythic stories (let's assume if its true) suggest Sanskrit is the oldest!
My Question is there any scientific proof exist?
I have heard that Sanskrit is the oldest, but Tamil Nadu might preserve archaic inflections that have been lost in the north(much of the dialect features traveled south long ago). Much could be said for other languages. Amish who arrived in the U.S. in the 18th century speak a version of German that hasn't been used in Germany proper for hundreds of years(it was preserved in the U.S., but evolved differently in Germany where the older dialects changed and were lost). In order to judge the age of Sanskrit vs. Tamil Nadu definitively, one would have to figure out how a possible precursor to both may have sounded(finding core commonalities in both) and determine which is closest to the original language if possible. There are a lot of variations in Indian dialects, so this would be an extremely ancient language indeed.

Since: Jul 08

New Delhi, India

#3 Jul 24, 2008
Does it mean that both languages existed or evolved (in parallel) No one is older than other? IS it so?
eric

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#4 Jul 24, 2008
keanu13 wrote:
Does it mean that both languages existed or evolved (in parallel) No one is older than other? IS it so?
There might be a root language that is older than both which both borrowed from. Over time both evolved, but there might be dialects that are more pure and less influenced by outside influences,evolved more slowly and retained earlier characteristics(of both Sanskrit and Tamil)-that is where the roots of the earlier languages likely lie.
eric

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#5 Jul 24, 2008
I would be interesting to figure out how to read the of Mohenjo Daro and Harappa pictograph script, that would likely give a clue about the earliest Indian languages.
Krt

India

#7 Jul 10, 2009
Sanskrit is the oldest language in India. Tamil is the oldest living language in India. The exact date & time of evolution of these languages can never be found. The earliest work of Tamil that is unearthened is 'Tholkappiyam' that dates back to 2200 years. And Vedas in Sanskrit has evolved some 3500 years ago.

Both the languages have not borrowed any word from the other one in their evolution. Brahmins whose ancestors spoke Sanskrit embraced Tamil later. They replaced few Tamil words with Sanskrit. Today, the current generation is replacing Tamil words with English. After some 100 years, either these kids will speak English completely or Tanglish. So, the oldest living language of India also may die completely or partially.

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#8 Jul 21, 2009
sanskrit is the oldest language in the world.tamil is not the oldest living langusage in india but sanskrit is.sanskrit is not a dead language.a dead language means it is not used anymore.sanskrit is still used in every hindu temple for holy rituals and mantras.there is a wrong assumption that tamil is older than sanskrit.this is very wrong.tamil evolved from sanskrit.sanskrit is not created by mere men but lord shiva himself.sanskrit is also called the language of the devas.vedas are anadhi(birthless) they are not created by god but his breath.even bhrami scripts are older than tamil.i m not degrading tamil but sanskrit is the father language of tamil and other language of the world.

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mohan_frm_hydera bad

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#10 Aug 15, 2009
sanskrit is the oldest language . sine most of the words in sanskrit is appearing in other languages and in tamil too.

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indianzdravidian

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#11 Aug 23, 2009
no....it has a big history...

any one know about 'kumari kandam'(lumeria conyinent)the place where tamil get originated.it had been submerged in see by natural calamities one over the other,huge number of peoples died(dravidians).

The lost continent of Kumari Kandam

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indianzdravidian

Chennai, India

#12 Aug 23, 2009
and then many went to indus valley where they formed the well know civilisation(harappa and mohenjedora).their script too same as tamil script.

after this indo-aryan invasion.these people are western european their developed language is 'sanskrit'.so purely hindusism is based on aryan.so priest are speaking 'sanskrit'(who are all bhramins).

in balochistan(now in pakistan)their language has the script of 'tamil'.

the reason why 'tamil' not recognised ,since its all documentations are lost in lost kumari kandam,and more research should be taken to prove.

how ever present 'tamil' differs little from old 'tamil'.

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#13 Sep 4, 2009
Tamil is the oldest living language.

Tamil has borrowed some Sanskrit words and Sanskrit in turned borrowed some Tamil syntax. It's evident that each influenced each other.

A language grammatically influencing another language is much more older. So I'll say Tamil is oldest.

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ganesh

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#14 Sep 6, 2009
Tamil is the oldest my friend..... Sanskrit means "polished" it didnt exist till 1500BC even that.... The vedas were written in prakrit.... Sanskrit is a beautiful language but it isnt the mother of all other languages... 1st show me evidence of sanskrit in the earlier times.... The evidence of Tamil being older than sanskrit is Tolkapiyam (5000BC)

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ganesh

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#15 Sep 6, 2009
Sankrit language which is not the origin of all Indian languages. Yes it is to the Indo Aryan languages like Hindi and punjabi but not to the indgenious Languages like Tamil a mother of all other languages like Malayalm ,Telugu Kannadam and etc,,,,

Many people will say that Sankskrit was used for writing religious stuffs and etc.. but we all have to understand that the creators of the sanskrit are the Aryans who were intruders to the Indian soil and the illiterate Aryans learnt the arts and lit frm the Dravdians of the indus valley the oldest civilisation ,who spoke the native language Tamil.

Then after the Aryans fabricated Hinduism and and forced their created Sanskrit and stuff like the caste system in Hinduism, these are well known facts, the birth of sanskrit is only during the 1500bc after the arrival of the Aryans.

The birth of Tamil Language is unknown but one of the earliest text is even dating back 5000bc, which clearly speaks for itself,Tamil as the OLDEST LANGUAGE

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Venkatesh

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#16 Sep 7, 2009
hindu warrior wrote:
sanskrit is the oldest language in the world.tamil is not the oldest living langusage in india but sanskrit is.sanskrit is not a dead language.a dead language means it is not used anymore.sanskrit is still used in every hindu temple for holy rituals and mantras.there is a wrong assumption that tamil is older than sanskrit.this is very wrong.tamil evolved from sanskrit.sanskrit is not created by mere men but lord shiva himself.sanskrit is also called the language of the devas.vedas are anadhi(birthless) they are not created by god but his breath.even bhrami scripts are older than tamil.i m not degrading tamil but sanskrit is the father language of tamil and other language of the world.
Your words 'but sanskrit is the father language of tamil and other language of the world.' clearly shows that you know nothing about languages.

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#18 Sep 13, 2009
sanskrit is the oldest language in the world.tamil is not the oldest language in the world.sanskrit was created by lord siva.vedas were in sanskrit.vedas are ever exixting.they r not composed.they r called god's breath.vedas has no begining same like god.tamil came afterwards.sanskrit is the father language of all the languages of the world.tamil is not superior to sanskrit.it is very idiotic even to think tamil is superior to sanskrit.

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Drupad

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#20 Sep 21, 2009
There is no Aryan and Dravidian...it is a myth disproved by Science but still held by many as fact due to political reasons. South India gave birth to all the known Indian languages including Sanskrit and Tamil. The come from the same root. Sanskrit and Tamil originate from a much older language. The Vedic Seers composed Vedic verses in both the languages. Much of the Tamil Vedic literature is lost - some say that the East coast of India was prone to cyclones and rough weather.
rammohan

Stavanger, Norway

#21 Sep 25, 2009
The people in Tamilnadu believes Tamil is the oldest language. But to base that they put a theory that Sanskrit is brought to India by Aryan invasion. There was large scale migration into India from central Asia but they never was superior at any time and and the proponents of that theory is by Max Mueller a German archeologist. But later the Max Mueller foundation itself disassociated with that theory for the lack of evidence (see their web page). So the base theory of Tamil older than Sanskrit is incorrect. Sanskrit may be about 1500 to 2000 BC old and Tamil as old as 2000 years which is the Tolkappiam age. No one knows for sure.
DNA from Ethiopia have no relevance in Language, as languages in any form had not developed with the origins of mankind. It evolved in centuries. If some Tamil lovers want to claim that is oldest language I donít mind as we have so many untrue beliefs in everything.
Strangely the arguments related to Ethiyopian DNA origins claimed as fore fathers of Dravidian/Tamilian roots as well as central Asian roots for Aryans and their Sanskrit/Prakriti languages may have no basis as there are no traces of these languages in these places. Traces of these languages existing /existed there is something to be researched but but not proved so far..

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Russell ferido

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#23 Sep 26, 2009
Hey people were in the university proved the Tamil language is the oldest language in India over the world.so fight with this matter....south Indian are the beginning...

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Abdul

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#24 Oct 14, 2009
dear hindu warrior,,,!
Do u know ,either sanskrit or Tamizh..?
u r blind like a warrior..Tamil and Saanskrit are seperate languages .But tamil is the indegenous language of India...? EVEN WORLD...Try to study the etymology of tamizh to clear picture about it...u r quiet ignorant..ur ignorance can be brought to the light of elagance by understanding knowledge about languages...

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MURALI DHARAN

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#25 Oct 23, 2009
TAMIL IS THE OLDEST LIVING LANGUAGE IN THE WORLD. ALL NORTH INDIANS SUPPORTING SANSKRIT SUCK.

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