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What is the oldest language still spoken in Europe? There are many speculitive answers 4 this question...but, only 1 is right...

I did look this question up b4 I posted it. This seems 2 be a topic of debate that scolars have argued 4 years...I just wanted 2 see what the Ask community has 2 say...?

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Think it's The Basque language, it descends from PRE- Indo-European languages , and is the last one remaining making it a "language isolate" and thus making it difficult to reconstruct it's prehistory. It's possible links with Northeast Caucasian languages such as Chechen would also lead to the belief that it could be one off, if not THE oldest spoken language in Europe.
There are some still in very limited use ( and some making a come-back) which are older but not in the "spoken" category, such as Silbo Gomero on the Island of La Gomera in the Canary Islands. It is a Whistled Language, indigenous to the Island, can be heard over and across the high mountains and deep ravines for up to 2 miles away. It's really quite beautiful to hear and had almost died out.. Now required learning in all schools.:-).

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Your supposition of Lithuanian being the Oldest may hold true if you consider only the "Conservative" living languages. Those which have resisted change or adaptation. Not neccesarily the Oldest in Living Languages.
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Thank you. I ask questions alot of the time that I've looked in2 already 2 see what kind of input the ask.com community has 2 say. Sometimes they are questions that I feel are good topics 4 debate. I learn something new almost every time I post and hope that the people answering learn something new 2. That is the goal 4 my inquizative mind. I love 2 learn, share ideas, and diffrent view points...
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I have a few friends down in the US Virgin Islands running a resturant/bar/nite club now. where are you located? (what Island)
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Your welcome mikequido! ( Is that a real name or the Joisey-NEast meaning?)
If you checked on my profile you've likely seen we have that inquisitive streak in common! :-).
We're on St Croix., but very seldom go out to Bars/Nite clubs, been there done that for too many years! :O)
. What's the name of the place?
Not that many Restaurants++ on Island.
We like the Nature aspect of our Island more; it's really quite beautifull!
Larger and way less crowded than St Thomas across the waters. Even StJohn getiing Jam Packed in the Small erea available to build.
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My name in Micolo, Michael in English. 1st gen. American. Guido is my bar/club name. 2 reasons, #1. when you work in the alcohol and personality biz, nobody needs 2 know your real name. #2. I am Italian/Sicilian 2 the core but, I have blond hair and blue eyes. So, I was chrisened "Guido" because I looked nothing like the stereotypical "Guido" you think of when you see 1...the name has stuck with me 4 many years. They call me "Blond Haired Guido"(from Clevland) where ever I travel and meet other Italians...I've Been a "Guido" 4 alot longer than the rest of the world have known about thoughs digraceses on da Jersey Shore. I have a friend in Houston and she thinks, well thought, all Italians are/were like them kooks on MTV.......yikes aye? The resturant/club is on St. Croix...I 4got the name. I know a band called "Seven Handle Circus " plays there alot...?
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Nice to meet you Micolo the "Blond Blue-Eyed Guido"!:-) .
Have never seen the show "Jersey Shore", did live and party there during the
80-90's.. And yeah, lotsa Guido's!:-) lol! Some good fun memories.... Ha,ha..
Nothing as stupid as what I hear the show portrayed...where do they find these people???? Yikes indeed! And now that's all people think of when they think Joisey! From the Sopranos to this... Oy vey! Povre Joisey!
Heard the band here at the "Ridge to Reef" Farm Party( held every year up in the Rainforest at local Organic teaching Farm), good band- great setting- nice vibes! Like Bluegrass and their take on it.:-). They seem to return for "Vacation"(ha,ha) regularly.. Smart.
You and family/friends should check out the Island and hear them play next time,
it's fun!
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I'm actually thinking about a lounge on the beach and a dip in the crystal blue drink down there. I dont know when yet but, I need a vacation!!! Wont be bringing the wife or kids with me when I do make the trip bc I dont have a wife and my youngest is 24 and getting married this year. :-) Maybe my friend in Houston would wanna go....aaaaaaaah who am I kiddin', she go there so fast, we'd fly in on same flight and she would some how be there laying out on the beach while I was still at the airport waiting 4 our luggage....! lol! As for da "Guido's" and the rest of the north east folks....whadda-ya gonna do, ya know? I think its kinda funny that when I lived in England, everybody over there thought American accents all sounded like we're all south westren, cow-boy, John Wayen typs..."pilgram". lol! When I bounced around in the south US, they heard me talk and knew I was a Yankee wid an Italian accent but they never knew where I was from...? They 9 outta 10 times NYC or N.Jersey... when I tell um "No, alittle more 2 da west" they'd say Chi-town...? And once in a while, Detroit... Weird aye? What, dont they think there are any Italians living in "The Mistake by the Lake"? Italians, east coast 2 Chi-town can usually tell where the other is from. I just think its kinda funny how much the avarage American dosnt know about the rest of the people in their own country. You know what I mean? You said ur from N.J...? Im not trying 2 be nosey or nothing but, god bless ya, how did ya'all end up down there in paridise? Its gotta be a dream come true!!!
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Oh ya, I 4got about my opinion on where they find the people 4 these talk shows and "Reality" TV programs....My answer 2 that question would be; I believe they search & trool American Trailor parks, mental institutions, welfare offices, and housing projects "from Sea 2 shinning Seeeeeeeeeea..." lol! where do you think they find um at?
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I think there's some wacky factory somewhere in China( gotta be cheap.., lots coming off the line..lol)
where they manufacture theseTalk & Reality Show "creatures"! They're just too predictably the same to be from anywhere else!! Lmao!
Dunno bout a vacation if you've got a Big iye-taliano wediing coming up!! He,he..
Congrats! How many kids in all? Any Grands yet? I have a 13 yr old stepson, lives w/Mom on mainland.. Don't get to see him enough!:-(.
Yr Houstonian grlfriend a "real" Houstonian? Lived there of and on between traveling the world..not a bad city.. As cities go..Hottest July I EVER went through though; and I'm from right above the Equator in S-America and lived in other Southern States.. Houstons the most H&H by far!! Interesting bit of "useless information"; before the creation of Airconditioning, the Bayou/Swamp which is now Greater Houston had a population of somewhere around a mere 600-1000!!, that should tell something...
No, not from Joisey, moved there from Holland in the 80's, attended College, met Previous Husband, stayed around 20-some years, then Travelled the world some more before meeting present Hubby, lived in Cali for while then Bama and now here since 2009(?).. So ya, a bit from all over the place, chk my profile and there's more of a list, in no specific order...stopped after those, too many..
And here,Paradise?? Hmm to visit yes! To live? eeh, Like anywhere else.. Living is living, with it's positives and negatives..just have a really NICE view to grumble at when WAPA(electric) raises rates for the 10th time in a year and the power is out for the 4th time that week..ha,ha..
Got ya totally on the stereotyping and not knowing of people within own country here in the States especially.. guess in part that's cause it is so large and varied and all most people know of it is the stereo types the see on TV and Movies.
And we know just how "Real" that is!! Lol! Italians are as varied , depending on where they from and where they settled, as any others..
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I think it's English or Latin. Probably Latin.

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Although both languages r old, I dont think its English or Latin. The big argument seems 2 be Lithoainian and a language spoken in Spain... If you spoke either language, you could go back in time and speak and be understood in their pre-bronze ere cultures...
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Would think it's Basque.
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Oldest in Europe would depend on what area if Europe, English is actualy one of the newer languages in Europe Latin one of the oldest followed by German and French

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The Germatic and Frankish languages predate their Roman conqueres/conquest where everyone had 2 learn 2 speak Latin 4 trade and 2 be part of the Roman Empire. English even has alot of Latin still existing in it 2 this day. Dating all the way back 2 Emperor Claudius. His grandfather, Julius Ceaser was the start of the invasion of Briton. Claudius finished it...
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latin i think

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not latin. not old enough... read the rest...
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it may be french.

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Latin is good guess but, not old enough....
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It would be Basque. They have been living in the same area since the Ice age. The genetics show this too.

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Good answer but what about Lithoianian? Scolars have been debating it 4 a long time....
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The ice sheets covered Lithoania while Spain was still ice free. Like I said the genetics of the Basque people are unique in Europe and this was known a while back when just blood types were analysed. Do you need books to look up?
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no thank you. Ive read about the Basque and Lithoainian languages both. They seem 2 have no rock solid proof that either is the oldest existing language still spoken 2day...have you ever looked at the arguments from the other side?
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The Lithuanian Language may be the oldest if you consider "conservative" living Indo-European languages. I.e.. Those which have resisted change or adaptation by assimilating words or pronunciation. Not neccesarily the "Oldest" living language in all senses.:-).
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English I think is one if the oldest, it
Looked like nothing it does now

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Its much older than English. I wanted 2 know what language is still spoken 2day? Lithoianian would be understood if u spoke 2 their ancesters pre-bronze ere....
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