The true contender for the oldest living European language is Basque, which pre-dates any European language, Indo-European or otherwise. It is very much a living language, spoken by well over a million people in Spain and southern France. Euskara, as the Basques call their tongue, is said to be a descendant of ancient Iberian, the language spoken in Spain before the coming of the Indo-Europeans. There are some philologists who believe that the language dates right back to the origins of man himself.
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