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The Oldest Language In The World – Would You Have Known It?
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There are an estimated 3.5 million speakers of Lithuanian in Lithuania alone, and there are Lithuanian speakers in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the UK, the U.S.A, and Uruguay as well. Lithuanian is a Baltic language related to Latvian and Old Prussian. In addition, it is recognized as one of the official languages of the European Union.

The Lithuanian language is considered as the oldest surviving Indo-European language and is thought to have retained some features of Proto- Indo-European (PIE) such as pitch-accent and a complex inflexional case system. Thus, some Lithuanian words even resemble Sanskrit and Latin ones.

But, what are linguistic factors that make the Lithuanian language so important in Indo- European studies?

Some scholars and linguists believe that the Lithuanian language is the most archaic among all Indo-European languages spoken today. Thus, linguists and scholars agree that the Lithuanian language is a useful and indispensable tool in the study of Indo-European linguistics.

Furthermore, scholars agree that the Lithuanian language is not only the oldest language of the world today, but some variant of the language was apparently used by the Aryans before the evolution of Sanskrit. Scholars and renowned linguists agree that Lithuanian was known to be an unwritten language in Europe for many centuries. However, recent linguistic investigations lead experts to believe that the existence of Lithuanian language stretches back to even before the Christian era. In addition, this investigation may be interesting, but it is difficult to determine which investigative result is accurate and which is only a rumour or opinion.

From the evidence that was found and the information that was gathered by experts and linguists in India and Persia, it is possible that the Lithuanian language is the oldest language in the world, and may have existed even before the Christian era.

Lithuanian people cannot deny the fact that the richest part of their heritage is their own language. Linguists believe that the language is unique among all Indo- European languages because of the antiquity of its grammar structure and sounds. It is obvious that the vowel system of the Lithuanian language is ancient in its style.

Many languages have vanished already over the course of human history; however, the Lithuanian language still exists, is widely used and preserved, and given importance by its native speakers. In addition, the importance of the Lithuanian language is being recognized by a number of modern philosophers. Since the contribution of this language is vital, it is necessary that the Lithuanian language should be given protection by the state.

The Lithuanian language is best qualified to represent the primitive Aryan civilization and culture; it plays a vital role in regional history. In order to preserve the heritage of humanity, it is necessary that people should preserve and protect the significant functions and contributions of the Lithuanian language in world history. Therefore, it should not only be saved and raised by the Lithuanian people today alone, but also by the next generations.


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