Linguists estimate that language most likely originated between 350,000 and 1.8 million years ago, though it is difficult to pinpoint where animal communication ended and human language began. Even profoundly conservative estimates place the birth of language at tens of thousands of years ago. So, one way or another, languages have had quite long time to grow, evolve, and change.
Here are some of the most interesting facts we know about ancient languages.
1. There are no formal criteria for deeming a language “ancient.” That being said, the traditional convention is to demarcate any language that existed before the 5th century as “ancient”.