List of languages by first written accounts

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This is a list of languages arranged by the approximate dates of the oldest existing texts recording a complete sentence in the language.wikipedia
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Aramaic language

AramaicChaldeeAram.
Royal Aramaic inscriptions from the Aramean city-states date from 10th century BC, making Aramaic one of the world's oldest recorded living languages.

Placiti Cassinesi

They are considered the first extant documents written in a vernacular of Italy, along with the Veronese Riddle.

Oaths of Strasbourg

Pledge of Charles the BaldSerments de StrasburgStrasbourg Oaths
For example, Old French developed gradually out of Vulgar Latin, and the Oaths of Strasbourg (842) listed are the earliest text that is classified as "Old French".
List of languages by first written accounts

Bir el Qutt inscriptions

inscriptions of Bir el Qutt
So far, the first two carvings are the oldest extant Georgian inscriptions.

Sumerian language

Sumerianancient Sumerianeme-sal
the Sumerian, Hurrian, Hattic and Elamite language isolates,
List of languages by first written accounts

Veronese Riddle

Discovered by Luigi Schiaparelli in 1924, it is considered the oldest existing document in the Italian language along with the Placiti Cassinesi.

Gezer calendar

Gezer agricultural calendar
List of languages by first written accounts

Bonvesin da la Riva

Bonvesin de la RivaBonvesin della Riva
undefined 1240 – c. 1313) was a well-to-do Milanese lay member of the Ordine degli Umiliati (literally, "Order of the Humble Ones"), a teacher of (Latin) grammar and a notable Lombard poet and writer of the 13th century, giving one of the first known examples of the written Western Lombard language.

Tamil language

TamilTamil-languageta
Dravidian: c. undefined 200 BC (Tamil)
List of languages by first written accounts

Greek language

GreekAncient GreekModern Greek
15th century BC: Greek
The earliest written evidence is a Linear B clay tablet found in Messenia that dates to between 1450 and 1350 BC, making Greek the world's oldest recorded living language.

List of writing systems

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List of writing systems
List of languages by first written accounts

Language

languageslinguisticlinguistic diversity
This is a list of languages arranged by the approximate dates of the oldest existing texts recording a complete sentence in the language.

Writing

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This is a list of languages arranged by the approximate dates of the oldest existing texts recording a complete sentence in the language.

Oral tradition

oral traditionsoral cultureoral transmission
A written record may encode a stage of a language corresponding to an earlier time, either as a result of oral tradition, or because the earliest source is a copy of an older manuscript that was lost.

Epic poetry

epic poemepicepics
An oral tradition of epic poetry may typically bridge a few centuries, and in rare cases, over a millennium.

Vedic Sanskrit

VedicVed.Sanskrit
An extreme case is the Vedic Sanskrit of the Rigveda: the earliest parts of this text may date to c.

Rigveda

RigvedicRig VedaRig Vedic
An extreme case is the Vedic Sanskrit of the Rigveda: the earliest parts of this text may date to c.

Avestan

Av.Old AvestanAvestic
undefined 1040 AD. Similarly the oldest Avestan texts, the Gathas, are believed to have been composed before 1000 BC, but the oldest Avestan manuscripts date from the 13th century AD.

Gathas

GathicAhunavaiti GathaGatha
undefined 1040 AD. Similarly the oldest Avestan texts, the Gathas, are believed to have been composed before 1000 BC, but the oldest Avestan manuscripts date from the 13th century AD.

Old French

Frenchmedieval FrenchOF
For example, Old French developed gradually out of Vulgar Latin, and the Oaths of Strasbourg (842) listed are the earliest text that is classified as "Old French".

Vulgar Latin

LatinVulgarLate Latin
For example, Old French developed gradually out of Vulgar Latin, and the Oaths of Strasbourg (842) listed are the earliest text that is classified as "Old French".

Near East

NearNear Easternancient Near
Writing first appeared in the Near East at the beginning of the 3rd millennium BC. A very limited number of languages are attested in the area from before the Bronze Age collapse and the rise of alphabetic writing:

Late Bronze Age collapse

Bronze Age Collapsecollapse of the Bronze Agecollapse
Writing first appeared in the Near East at the beginning of the 3rd millennium BC. A very limited number of languages are attested in the area from before the Bronze Age collapse and the rise of alphabetic writing:

Alphabet

alphabeticalphabetsalphabetical
Writing first appeared in the Near East at the beginning of the 3rd millennium BC. A very limited number of languages are attested in the area from before the Bronze Age collapse and the rise of alphabetic writing:

East Asia

Easteastern AsiaEastern
In East Asia towards the end of the second millennium BC, the Sino-Tibetan family was represented by Old Chinese.