I received a comment on my article ‘All Indian Languages are over 5000 years old’ thus.
‘This Venkat Ramanan guy would be laughed at any reputed school of linguistics in the world. The headline is very misleading… All languages of India are not 5000 years old. There are only 4 major language families of India. Indo-Aryan, Dravidian, SinoTIbetan and Austro-Asiatic. Sanskrit, the mother of all the Indo-Aryan languages is indeed 5000 years old, but it is laughable to suggest that Hindi, Punjabi, Marathi, Bengali are also 5000 years old. These languages, i.e. Hindi, Punjabi etc. all started off as local dialects of Sanskrit and over the millenia morphed into the languages that you hear today. Likewise, ancient Dravidian morphed over the 4-5000 years into what we now hear as Tamil, Telugu, Kannada etc. The Austro-Asiatic languages are represented by Ho, Munda and Santali in India ( I don’t know their antiquity, but it has got to be ancient). SinoTibetan family of languages are spoken in the North East of India and yes SinoTibetan ( Ancestor of Han Chinese, Burmese etc is indeed 5K years old). If one wants to thump their chest in some exercise in petty nationalism, so be it; but it can hardly be called “Scholarship”. ‘
1.Unraveling the misinformaton about India, is ‘petty Nationalism’ be it’
2.I did not present more information on the article,as I thought it would become heavy and expected my readers to check the languages’ history and Sanatana Dharma,which my readers generally do.
Now let me on the Dravidian,Proto Dravidian,Indo Iranian,Indo Asiatic,Indo Australian group of languages.
Before proceeding further,it must be remebered that languages evolve from Dialects.
It is generally agreed that India had Brahmi and Prakrit as Dialects initially.
Sanskrit ,Prakrit,Tamil Brahmi,Tamil are to be taken into account.
Prakrit was called a colloquial language,spoken by ordinary people,while Sanskrit was spoken by Scholars and was used more for Literature and Philosophy.
There is Sanskrit Brahmi,which is considered as older and it dates back over 5000 years,and a Dialect takes much longer to evolve.
Now Sanskrit is dated( again deliberately) to 5000 BC.
Even this date should push Sanskrit Brahmi by at least 2000 years before Sanskrit,that means 7000 years ago!
2.We have Tamil Brahmi as well and as Tamil is assigned, at least,a date of 3000 BC,Tamil Brahmi must be dated 5000 BC.
3.Kannada Brahmi is found in rock in Karnataka and it is dated a million years ago.(please read my article on this)
Dravidian Family/Proto Dravidian Family.
‘the Proto-Dravidian language is not itself attested in the historical record. Its modern conception is based solely on reconstruction. It is suggested that the language was spoken in the 4th millennium BCE, and started disintegrating into various branches around 3rd millennium BCE. ( https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proto-Dravidian_language )
‘Though some argue that the Dravidian languages may have been brought to India by migrations in the fourth or third millennium BCE
Tamil heads this group.Tamil Brahmi must have been there atleast 2000 earlier to reach its full bloom.
Note that these Dravidian languages were spoken ‘ Dravidian languages were once spoken more widely across the Indian subcontinent’ as far away in NorthWest of India.
Tamil Brahmi script has been found on Indus Valley civilization.
Elamite and Akkadian languages forerunner of Sumerian trace their origins to Tamil.Please check my articles on this.
This places Tamil around 5000 years ago and its pervasive nature throughout.
Indo Iranian Family.
‘The Indo-Iranian languages derive from a reconstructed common proto-language, called Proto-Indo-Iranian.